Education is about more Than the 3 R’s
As another school year begins, it is a natural time to reflect on the needs of students and our education system. Education isn’t simply about learning the three R’s, and teaching is about more than just delivering curriculum.
A stable, well resourced, publicly funded education system is vital for the growth of a skilled workforce and a knowledge-based economy. While the public discourse has come to be dominated by austerity, we must remember that investments in education and social services are critical for a vibrant economy.
Economists have highlighted the importance of investing in our children, especially in the early years. The short-term benefits include improved social, physical and academic results. Long-term paybacks include increased earnings, improved health outcomes, and reduced social costs.
Schools today are not the homogenous learning centres of years ago — they are an integral part of Ontario’s increasingly diverse communities. Accordingly, schools must be safe places for learning that foster creative problem solving. Schools need programs that are challenging and wide ranging so that every child is provided an opportunity to excel.
Ontario’s publicly funded schools are among the best in the world. Progressive and inclusive programs, stable investments and a commitment to the common good will ensure success in the journey of Ontario’s education system from ‘great to excellent’.
Ontario’s Catholic teachers are working together with parents and our partners in education to meet our students’ needs, strengthen our local communities, and build brighter futures.