TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - "The Liberal Party announcement of
voluntary summer programs to help Ontario's youngest students improve
their language and math skills is welcome news," stated LeBlanc-Lebel,
newly elected President of the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF).
"Such a program, coupled with the on-going commitment to full-day early
learning, is an important and worthwhile investment in Ontario's
children and Ontario's education system."
"OTF was pleased to see other commitments to education in the recently
released Liberal platform, especially the focus on reducing childhood
obesity, after school activity programs for children aged 6-12 and the
introduction of a healthy snack program," added LeBlanc-Lebel. "These
represent practical and tangible ways to improve the overall health and
wellness of children and establish positive habits early in life."
"The Liberal platform includes an expansion of focus from literacy and
numeracy to a broader approach with more focus on science, creativity,
collaborative learning and problem solving. This has the potential to
be a very positive shift and we would welcome the opportunity as
teachers to work with a Liberal Government to shape these goals."
The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 160,000 teachers. OTF members are
full-time, part-time and occasional teachers in all publicly funded
schools in the province—elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and
SOURCE Ontario Teachers' Federation
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