TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) welcomes the approach of Ontario's new government toward
building respect with its partners and building a society of inclusion
as articulated in the Throne Speech.
"We look forward to working with this new government and appreciate the
respect it has voiced for its partners in public services, including
teachers," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "While this commitment to
respect is important, it will be the actions of the government that
demonstrate what that really means."
"We are pleased that the government will continue the roll-out of full
day Kindergarten across the province so that all children will have
equal opportunity to get the best start in life."
"ETFO has repeatedly said that critical thinking, creativity, and a
broadening of emphasis beyond numeracy and literacy to include science,
math and technology is key to student success. The Throne Speech
identified that as an education priority."
"The aspect of inclusion that was spoken of throughout the Throne Speech
- from Aboriginal needs to building opportunities for those of all
incomes, abilities, and new Canadians -sets an important example,"
added Hammond. "These issues of equity and equality of opportunity are
important cornerstones of what we teach in our classrooms. That
teaching is key to building a more inclusive society for all
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations, Cell: 416-948-0195