Teresa Murray’s Petition that Ontario schools include math fundamentals

As regular readers know, I have been writing about an Alberta Math petition started by Dr. Nhung Tran-Davies (here and here). Of course I knew we had the same issue pending in Ontario and have been waiting until someone took that in hand. Well, it has now happened. A retired teacher by the name of Teresa Murray has started a similar petition related to the lack of teaching math fundamentals in Ontario’s public schools.

So, no matter where you live, just as I signed the Alberta petition, I would ask readers to sign the Ontario petition here as well!

Please note that Murray has also provided a link at the bottom of her petition to the Society for Quality Education where parents can get free work sheets to help their children gain the basic math fundamentals that Ontario’s schools apparently are not teaching as discrete lessons.

I will provide further details on the Ontario petition and campaign as it becomes available to me.

5 thoughts on “Teresa Murray’s Petition that Ontario schools include math fundamentals

  1. Indeed Bone, a good one. Some of the comments are interesting as well. I noticed that the Ontario Petition sponsor — Teresa Murray — answered a comment there as well. It’s the kind of edu-babble we read in that article that is affecting Alberta’s struggle with the new age math as well.

    And, yes, I too use edu-babble, most of the time not realizing I am doing so. But know that it is the way for those in the system marginalize their opponents — as in we know the research and you don’t. Well, I have always been against social promotion if a child does not have the basics of reading and math.

    What good is it to travel through school with “peers” who have already labelled you as a loser. Kids know. Besides, I have seen kids who were held back a year gain new friends.

    The peer self-esteem argument is pure bunk because they don’t do longitudinal studies into adulthood. The proponents of social promotion and self-esteen should have visited my private practice. The adults who I helped would give them a piece of their mind. What happens to self-esteem when young men and women graduate high school and have to enter the real world without the basic skills they need?

    In fact, I remember talking to one client who literally cried that staying back a year when she was 8 would have been so much easier than when she was 28.

    Which is why I have a completely different opinion about social promotion. Life is hard. Failing at anything is not easy. But, it teaches us resilience and how we can do better next time. Imagine expecting an employer to promote someone who has not yet learned their job?


  2. Another good link Bone. Many thanks. I am recovering from the respiratory flu and, as such, not reading the news much these days. If others want to leave related links as well, it is very much appreciated. I am especially glad to see that teachers realize their is a problem. It is the teacher-educators who don’t and it is because, as we have discussed here before, the system has thrown out all methods that are traditional in favour of a constructivist ideology combined with what is called “critical pedagogy.”


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