Canadian schoolchildren get top marks in key subjects but a new study shows a decline in their math and science scores
December 3rd, 2013 | Comments (0)
Canadian schoolchildren still rank among the top of the class in key subject areas, but a new international study finds there’s been a decline over the years in their math and science scores. Canada was among 65 nations participating in the study by Paris-based think tank, the OECD. More than 500,000 15-year-olds around the world, including 21,000 Canadians, were tested on their knowledge and skills in math, reading and science. Canadian kids turned in above average scores in all three subjects, but their performance in math has seen a 14-point dip in the past nine years. Reading scores have remained relatively stable and science scores were down.
November 26th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Oshawa city council got a sad dose of reality after a presentation by the Durham District School board. The ‘make a difference’ initiative is a pilot project being launched in Oshawa to address the impact poverty is having on students’ development before the age of five. Trustee Larry Jacula says far too many children face an uphill battle at such a young age. At council on Monday night, the board asked the city for help including getting them involved in breakfast programs, vision, dental and hearing screenings as well as an action plan to battle the current opportunity gap. Council unanimously voted to refer the issue to city staff who will look into ways the city can help. Council expressed deep concern, especially after learning 20 per cent of Oshawa children under the age of 12 live below poverty line.
November 25th, 2013 | Comments (0)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College’s partnership with Ontario Power Generation is coming under fire by the Canadian Association of University Teachers. CAUT Executive director Jim Turk says their new report suggests a major problem with OPG’s influence over the curriculum in the university’s nuclear engineering programs. He also says in the partnership agreement UOIT promises to find new ways to advance OPG’s interests. Turk says the public loses trust in a university if they believe it’s beholden to a certain business or industry. He says the university can resolve the issue by adjusting the language in its agreement with OPG.
November 22nd, 2013 | Comments (0)
Durham Catholic District School Board students are taking a pledge to stand up to bullying. It’s part of bullying prevention and awareness week. Superintendent of education and safe schools Bob Camozzi says anti-bullying strategies are critical for both the schools’ environment and students’ development. In total 2,300 students from grades 1 to 12 will take the pledge. Camozzi says when bullying declines, the board sees better grades and a more engaged and outgoing student life.
November 4th, 2013 | Comments (0)
It’s getting colder out and to help low income families stay warm this winter, area schools have teamed up for the 25th annual ‘Durham Schools Winter Food for Clothing Exchange.’ Coordinator Jim Ferguson says students can bring items to their school by Thursday. The exchange will take place on November 9th when families can pop by with non-perishable food items and take what clothing they need. “If they’re down and out and they don’t have anything to spare it’s not compulsory for them to donate food,” said Ferguson. “But it helps and this way they’re helping somebody else because they take it to the food bank.” Ferguson says more than 12,000 items were donated last year and this year they hope to have a larger selection of sizes and types of clothing.
November 4th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The dump truck driver who hit and killed Violet Liang, 14, on the first day of school has been charged. Liang was killed while crossing the street near Sentinel Road and Lamberton Boulevard in North York. The 42-year-old male driver was not named and was charged with careless driving and failing to yield for a pedestrian. He will appear in court in December.
October 28th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The provincial government wants their education system to go “from great to excellent”. They’ve launched an initiative aimed at creating a new strategy that will build on the successes from the last 10 years while looking ahead and setting new goals for the future. Durham District School board spokeswoman Camille Taylor says they’re asking everyone to contribute their ideas. A community forum will be held on Wednesday in Whitby. Click here for more information.
October 21st, 2013 | Comments (0)
Schools in Durham Region are taking the fight against bullies online. A new initiative has been launched called “Report Bullying Now”. Durham District Safe Schools Officer Linda Warren explains it’s an online reporting tool that can be found on every school’s website. Warren says everything that is submitted goes straight to school administrators and you also have the option to report incidents anonymously.
October 2nd, 2013 | Comments (0)
The province is making sure students get a healthy start to the day! Ontario is committing $3-million to school nutrition programs. Many elementary school students will be provided with healthy breakfasts and snacks thanks to the funding. 200 new programs will be created and more than 30-thousand children will be fed in communities with the highest needs.
September 30th, 2013 | Comments (1)
A lifesaving program is now being taught to over 7,000 students at Durham high schools. They’re learning advanced coronary treatment C.P.R. and defibrillator training. Executive Director of the A.C.T. foundation Sandra Clarke say the program has trained over 2-million students in Canada so far and will be run annually. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation when used within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, C.P.R. and defibrillators can improve survival rates up by to 75 %.
September 27th, 2013 | Comments (1)
It’s been 100 years since the Canadian Public Health Institute was founded and to mark the occasion the Durham Region Health Department is celebrating Public Health Week. The agency is responsible for safety in several areas including food inspection, monitoring water facilities, child care, and disease control. The department has been touring high schools all week to explain the field and its career opportunities.
September 27th, 2013 | Comments (0)
A pilot program to address the impact of poverty on early learners has been launched at several primary schools in Oshawa. Durham District School Board Oshawa Trustee Lary Jacula says the “Make a Difference” program is about making sure all kids have the same opportunities and are on par with each other when they start school. Jacula explains a number of smaller programs will be added into the schools such as breakfast and nutrition programs, vision, dental and hearing screenings, an on-going focus group and service centres. The goal is to eventually implement the program into all schools in the region.