Pursuing Change

Follow-up to June 7th Delegation Last night OPERI presented its proposal to the Committee of the Whole of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. The trustees gave us a good hearing and were generous with the time they allowed for our answers to their three questions. After the presentation, trustee Shawn Menard emailed me saying … [Read more…]

Why So Stuck?

Why we remain so stuck in the inadequate old system of public education has been answered in a number of ways. Deborah Meier in David Cayley’s 1999 CBC Educational Debates spoke of a lack of thoughtfulness for the long-range consequences of school reforms. She described educational leaders as “filled with a kind of chutzpah” who thought, “I … [Read more…]

The OCDSB Secondary School Review Needs A Rethink

We need a game changer, but the current set of recommendations for the OCDSB Secondary School Program Framework do not begin to accomplish it. The review is essentially a repeat of what the Board did in 2000-2001 with its New Vision for Secondary Schools. Little changed as a result of it, and little is likely to change as a result … [Read more…]

“Living and Learning” – The Hall-Dennis Report

Living and Learning Living and Learning, better known with reference to its principal authors as the Hall-Dennis Report, was commissioned by the Ontario Government and published in 1968. It stands out as perhaps the best report on education ever commissioned by a government. If its recommendations had been properly implemented, public education would probably now … [Read more…]

Where to after Beyond Measure? – Making Change Happen

An OPERI Report March 2016 www.operi.ca Comments from people attending the Ottawa screening of Beyond Measure and the follow-up workshop repeated the view that public education is failing in ways that have dire consequences for students. There was no immediate consensus on how to correct the system, which prompted one participant to say that we … [Read more…]

It’s a World Café

ANNOUNCING “It’s a World Café” Tuesday, February 23rd, 7 – 9 pm The Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre – Accueil Hall 300 Des Peres Blancs Ave., Vanier (See below for bus and driving directions, and book sales info.) Free parking on site. This Café sponsored by OPERI is a follow-up to the Ottawa screening of Beyond Measure, but you do … [Read more…]

The Teenage Brain

I recently attended a couple of events where presenters related teenage behaviour to frontal lobe development. The frontal lobe is identified as the part of the brain that handles executive functions. It has been found to be less developed in teenagers than in adults and the conclusion being drawn is that we cannot expect teenagers to show the maturity … [Read more…]