Yesterday the provincial government announced an interim health and physical education curriculum (Grades 1-8) that is to be used in September while they set up consultations and work on a new, revised curriculum.
While I don’t believe the document is perfect (it takes nothing new from the 2015 curriculum into consideration), I echo the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) in saying that I’m grateful Boards (teachers and staff) now have some direction as they head into September.
The government has repeated its pledge to hold consultations around the province as they work on a new curriculum; I firmly believe that parents, students, teachers, and the community need to be involved in any updates and revisions that happen. This is something that is important for our education system, especially in Kitchener and Waterloo region, to make sure all voices are heard, respected and included.
I look forward to taking part in these consultations and encourage others with interest to do the same. Similarly, if you have concerns about the interim curriculum, or want to be informed of any updates, I think it’s important to reach out to your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and let them know.
Please contact me and let me know your feelings as well!