Statement by James Ryan, President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA)
March 5, 2014
The Progressive Conservative Party’s math achievement action plan causes serious concerns for Catholic teachers.
A large focus of the plan is on rote learning for mathematics. This is a simplistic solution to a very complex problem. Knowing the ‘fundamentals’ is important, and knowing the multiplication tables, for example, is already an expectation in the Ontario curriculum. However, to be successful, students also need to have advanced reasoning, cognitive and problem solving skills – which cannot be attained by simply focusing on rote learning. Continue reading