Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Minister Announces New Education Strategy

Quebec Education Minister Michelle Courchesne.
Photograph by: Dave Sidaway, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

Smaller class sizes at elementary schools. Early targeting of children with difficulties, more homework help, and more resource teachers at high schools.

Those are some of the measures announced this morning by Education Minister Michelle Courchesne to tackle the province’s bloated dropout rate.

Courchesne acknowledged the 13-point plan is “ambitious.”

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My Comment: Throwing money at problems .... especially education .... has not worked in the past, especially when social/family issues and problems are the main reasons for failure.

I live behind a High School that is a disaster in every sense of the word. Half of the students are from immigrant families, and they cannot speak French .... or if they do .... poorly. Many other children come from single parent families, and they carry that social baggage to school. Teachers tell me that the drop out rate is an astounding 50% and/or higher .... they try their best .... but it is not good enough. An extra $100,000 or $200,000 for their school is not going to change the situation .... not even a $1 million.

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