Educating The World's Best Teachers For The World's Best Workforce
TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals will extend teachers
college from one year to two years to further improve teacher
"Ontario has some of the world's best teachers. But we can't rest on our
laurels. To help more of our students succeed in school and take the
next step in creating the world's best-educated workforce, we're
doubling — and improving — the time teachers spend educating for their
careers," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges, and
Universities in the Ontario Liberal government.
Experts say that 70 per cent of all future jobs will require
postsecondary training. That means we have to invest in the
best-possible education for Ontario teachers, right now.
Ontario's one-year teacher education program is one of the shortest in
Canada. Other places in the world where students rank high in
standardized tests — such as Japan, Singapore and Finland — have
Ontario's new two-year program would mean that student teachers would
spend more time in the classroom, getting even more, practical,
real-world experience. Ontario teachers would also get more
professional development opportunities in the first three years of
teaching to support them as they grow in their careers.
Under the last PC government, Ontario experienced eight years of cuts
and chaos and strikes. Now, with a $14 billion hole in their platform
and the threat of unspecified cuts to programs like full-day
kindergarten, the PCs are at it again — putting education and students
The disappointing NDP platform, on the other hand, doesn't even mention
education. With an opposition determined to drag Ontario's schools
backwards, Ontario Liberals are the only party with a positive,
forward-looking plan for education.
"We're proud of the results we have achieved, together. Grad rates are
higher. And Ontario students have some of the highest test scores in
the world," said Milloy. "But if we want to out-work and out-compete
the rest of the world tomorrow, we've got to out-educate them today."
DOUBLING TEACHER EDUCATION
Ontario teachers are some of the best in the world. But, to stay in the
lead, we need to have world-leading teacher education programs.
That's why Ontario Liberals will double the time teachers spend in
teachers college from one to two years.
The new program will emphasize in-class, practical experiences. We will
also provide more professional development opportunities in the first
three years of their career.
Bachelor of Education Programs
Ontario has one of the shortest teacher education programs in Canada.
Other places in the world — where students also do well on standardized
tests — have much longer teacher education programs.
Finland, for example, requires that students take five years of teacher
education to become an elementary teacher, and six to teach at a high
school. Japanese teachers are required to take up to two years of
teachers college. In Singapore, it takes four years to earn an
education degree, including up to 20 weeks working in a classroom.
In Ontario, teacher education requirements are set by regulation under
the Ontario College of Teachers Act. Ontario Liberals would revise
those regulations to include a second year of study, with an emphasis
on in-classroom learning.
Under the current system, students are only required to complete a
practicum of 40 days, or just 20 per cent of the school year. Under the
new system, the number of spaces in teacher education programs will
remain consistent at 9,000, and will be divided between two classes of
students at 4,500.
The PCs don't want to talk about their past in education and have no
plan for the future. The $14 billion hole in their platform will put
education at risk — including programs like full-day kindergarten and
supports for our teachers. The disappointing NDP platform barely
Only the Ontario Liberals have a plan that will protect education,
further improve teacher education and build the world's best workforce.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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