Policy: Forward-Looking Education in Ontario
Ontario’s education system is outdated. Architected in the 19th century to service an emerging industrial base and saddled with pre-Confederation-era legislation, the current primary and secondary systems are increasingly unable to produce students who go on with healthy living, fitness, life skills, and basic job skills. Universities must cater to underperforming first-year classes. Health care must cater to less naturally healthy individuals. And students are not civic-minded individuals; the voting population is dwindling and gentrified. This policy calls for a commission to recommend reforms to Ontario’s education system, so that a student’s education is designed for lifelong learning, health, civic engagement, and self-sufficiency.
Forward-looking Education in Ontario
Trevor LaForce | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals
WHEREAS Ontario’s current education system has its roots in 19th-century British models;
WHEREAS the underlying structure of the education system is designed to service an industrial-age economy;
WHEREAS today’s digital natives interact with information and their learning in ways not planned for by the architects of our education system;
WHEREAS new media and information technologies mean that education is no longer bound to the classroom;
WHEREAS university programs are increasingly forced to cater to a lack of basic skills, such as essay-writing, time management, and communication;
WHEREAS the rising levels of childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes, amongst other concerns, showcase a need for a more comprehensive look at youth health and nutrition;
WHEREAS the burden on health care and welfare services can be reduced by ensuring that students have life and job skills to maintain their own health and employment;
WHEREAS voter turnout is in decline and gentrified;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the province call a commission in order to recommend reforms to the education system and curriculum.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT health, fitness, life skills, basic job skills, and civics be priorities in this study, and that recommendations be focused on creating a holistic education incorporating these elements.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the aforementioned elements be incorporated at all stages of education to design for lifelong learning.