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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Could the reason Ontario students have trouble applying math to real-life be because schools teach to the test instead of for knowledge?

Items like this are among the reasons I'm running for Toronto District School Board Trustee in Toronto's Ward 10 (Trinity-Spadina):

Ontario students are continuing to struggle with math according to the latest standardized test results released by the province Wednesday.

Math scores for grade six students from the province’s Education Quality and Accountability Office showed that students have difficulty applying their knowledge especially when it comes to problem solving.

Speaking at a public library in downtown Toronto today, Education Minister Liz Sandals said students are actually doing well at solving math questions, but struggle with applying their knowledge to real-life problems.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's because teachers are required to teach "inquiry-based" learning now. Now groups of kids work together to find a mathematical strategy to come up with an answer, instead of being taught strategies in the first place. And they have to show their answers using pictures and words.