The education of First Nations children in Canada has a dark history. Today, as Grand Chief Stan Beardy told ETFO's annual meeting, inadequate funding means many students have to leave their families and communities to get an education.
From 1967 to 1970, members of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada travelled around the country, charged with “inquir[ing] into ... the status of women in Canada ... to ensure for women equal opportunities with men in all aspects of Canadian society.”
In Hastings-Prince Edward, the Eleemntary Teachers' Federation Teacher Local (ETFO H-PE) has become mroe than an organization for its members - it is an integral part of the community.
In this article, they reflect on the challenges facing women living in poverty in rural areas and the impact poverty has on their children.
It is well know that children from poor families are less likely to succeed academically. Moreover, the factors that contribute to their lack of success often lie outside the school. Nevertheless, according to Dr. Charles Ungerleider, there is much that teachers can do to improve the academic success of these students.
Something amazing happens when teachers openly discuss how to meet the needs of all students. The discussion begins to take the form of a lively debate on what has been tried, what worked, and what needed tweaking.
Last spring, as ETFO began preparing for the October 2007 election, the federation looked back on four years during which the government had worked constructively with education stakeholders to address issues affecting public education and the teaching profession.
Last year ETFO commissioned OISE/UT professor Ken Leithwood to examine the current research on what teacher working conditions will improve student learning.
Final article in a 3-part series
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