For or against online courses? The teams are divided in Ontario

Along with British Columbia, Ontario is one of the few provinces where primary and secondary school children will be able to continue their education online in 2022-2023 if they wish.

Despite the reduction in COVID-19 cases, Ontario’s Ministry of Education says it aims To ensure that students and families are supported and respected in the decision that works best for them.

Doug Ford’s government also announced last February that students in grades 9 through 12 must now get at least two online credits to graduate from high school, unless there is a discount.

The Liberal Party accuses Doug Ford and progressive conservatives of wanting to perpetuate online education for K-12 students and privatize the education system.

For [les conservateurs]It’s another way to reduce public education, increase class size, and save money for students. A

A quote from Andrea Arnesaks, Liberal Party spokeswoman

Liberals do not want to cancel online courses immediately, but say that this is a teaching method Some may work for students and families. But it should always be optionalMrs. Ernesaks says.

Liberal leader Steven Dale Duka has vowed to withdraw management of all online courses for francophones from TFO broadcasters if he takes power.

The Liberal Party will also ban hybrid training from 2022-2023, where teachers must teach in class and talk to microphones for other students taking computer courses at home.

For its part, the NDP promises to eliminate online courses altogether, even optional courses.

Online education during the epidemic has clearly shown us that children learn best in the classroom, with caring teachers and teaching staff facing them to support them. A

A quote from Nina Amarov, New Democrat press secretary

For the NDP, online courses should only be used as a backup solution, if the epidemic needs to close schools again.

The Progressive Conservative Party did not respond to our request for comment.

In British Columbia, the government explained that online courses were an option before the epidemic and would continue to be offered next year, emphasizing the benefits of personal education for students’ intellectual, social well-being and emotional well-being.

What the experts think

Steve Bisnet, a professor of education at TÉLUQ University, urges parents not to enroll their children in virtual schools.

It’s a very bad choiceHe said about the online course.

Rarely in my career as a researcher have I seen such convergent literature that has a very negative effect on such learning, both in terms of performance and aspects of child development. A

A quote from Steve Bisonette, Professor of Education
Interviewed by Steve Bissonet Zoom.

Steve Bisonette, a professor of education at TÉLUQ University, encourages parents to send their children to school in private, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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He cites research conducted in the United States, particularly in Florida, where online courses have been offered for two decades, showing that even the most gifted students do better in virtual mode, whether in primary or secondary school.

Our American neighbors, they are looking for magic potions [avec les cours en ligne] 20 years and they never found it! A

A quote from Steve Bisonette, online course specialist

For him, online courses should be the only solution Repairs Such as at the beginning of an epidemic or in very specific and temporary situations, such as a student who is ill or who is threatened.

Said Nafisa Ismail, a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa It is better to have options. He cited the example of parents in uncertain health who may choose not to send their children to school privately the following autumn to limit the risk of catching covid.

However, he advises parents to consider the good and the bad.

I would say to parents that if education is only virtual then take a look at how their child has performed. Did he feel more isolated? Did he have any difficulty in learning? A

A quote from Nafisa Ismail, a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Brain Research Institute
Nafisa Ismail interviewed on Friday.

According to Nafisa Ismail, a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa, online courses can harm a child’s socialization.

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Professor Ismail advises against online lessons for students under the age of 10 who observed during the epidemic More difficulty concentrating and being employed throughout the class.

He added that True school integration Starting school personally is especially important for children.

Concerned teachers

Anne Vinet-Roy, president of the Association of Franco-Ontarian Teachers (AEFO) Education and well-being of students as well as students concerned about the impact of virtual alternatives.

We believe personal guidance is the best option for providing an learning environment that allows staff members and students to improve. A

A quote from Annie Vinet-Roy, President of AEFO

He said the union would continue to monitor the situation next year.

Anne Vinet-Roy gave an interview via teleconference.

According to AEFO President Ann Vinet-Roy, face-to-face learning is the norm.

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Karen Littlewood, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), says having an online class is a Another example is the Ford government imposing responsibility on parents.

Parents still have to choose between educating their children online or in person, he said, because the government has mismanaged the epidemic.

He added that online courses reinforce inequality among students, as the offer differs from one school board to another.

For its part, the Federation of Elementary Teachers (FEEO) qualifies Irresponsible and irrational The Ford government decided in September to force schools to offer online classes.

It is the responsibility of the government to create a safe learning environment for all students in schools. But instead of making the necessary adjustments, they continue to expand teaching resources and put additional pressure on school boards, teachers and education staff to offer online courses in the following school year.Its president said ETFOKaren Brown, in a press release issued last February.

Interviewed by Paul Barrell Zoom.

Paul Barrell, president of the Parents Partners in Education group, says only minority parents enroll their children in virtual schools.

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More funds, parents say

Paul Barrell, president of the Ontario Group Parents Partners in Education, does not object to the government continuing to offer online education as an alternative for parents. They do not feel comfortable with their child returning to school.

That said, he doesn’t want it to come at the expense of financing on personal instructions.

In the minds of many parents, we are downgrading a system, allocating resources that were running for the classroom, which now has to go to virtual education. A

A quote from Paul Barrell, President of Parents Partners in Education

If the new government moves forward with online education after the election, Mr Barrell would like to demand increased funding for education.

We must spend and not cut back on education, because we know our children are falling behind in epidemics.He said.

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