Inside this issue:
This issue of Our Schools/Our Selves is a collective response to the demonstrable lack of educational resources that focus on and speak to continental and diasporic African communities. It explores how Blackness has shaped the ways in which we as African educators, cultural producers, and curators imagine and relate to notions of learning, knowledge production and popular education.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia's market-based, patchwork approach to Early Learning and Child Care is not working for families is the central message in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS)'s submission to the province's Regulated Child Care Review. According to Dr. Christine Saulnier, Nova Scotia Director, CCPA, "There is overwhelming evidence about the problems with our current approach, and about the best way forward. We have to get serious and invest to build a seamless public system."
On May 14, 2015, CCPA-NS Director Christine Saulnier, and CCPA-NS Research Associate Tammy Findlay, wrote this submission to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Regulated Child Care Review.
Our research study responds to questions: how do female students define and measure their own successes? And what factors have contributed to their successes? Bonnycastle and Simpkins interviewed 27 female postsecondary students. See full report above.
Simmering conflicts in higher education have reached the boiling point across Canada and around the globe. Teach-ins, occupations, strikes, and mass protests are being mobilized against exorbitant tuition fees, declining educational quality, mismanagement, the commodification of research, and the suppression of free speech and critical inquiry. A Penny For Your Thoughts shows how Canadian higher education has come to this point.
Adult basic education – tuition-free high school level courses – can open up a wide range of possibilities for single parents, older workers laid off from resource industries, new immigrants and younger people who could not complete high school. Adult basic education is essential for people to qualify for skills and trades programs, access post-secondary education and find a career that pays a living wage.
Controversy has been swirling around the Toronto District School Board and the province has been putting pressure on the board to cut spending. But what's at the heart of the problem? CCPA Research Associate Hugh Mackenzie has been tracking the flawed provincial funding formula for education since former Premier Mike Harris first implemented it the late-1990s. His detailed report gives an overview of the chronic underfunding that school boards across Ontario, but Toronto in particular, have been struggling to deal with for almost two decades.
TORONTO – The political drama that's been unfolding at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) over school closures and tight funding is totally avoidable, says the author of a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario office (CCPA-Ontario). Economist Hugh Mackenzie has been tracking the performance of Ontario's education funding formula for 18 years and finds students across the province, but especially in Toronto, have been shortchanged by the province for almost two decades.
An issue that needs to be addressed in the forthcoming Throne Speech on November 20th, is the persistence in Manitoba of a deep, complex and damaging poverty.