Today is election day in Ontario. For Canadian readers, you understand the logistics of voting. For non-Canadians, we truly have a government that is representative of the parliament. We don’t vote directly for a Premier; we vote for our local representative and went the counting is done, the party with the most elected seats is asked to form a government.
I’m not a terribly political person although the Christian Science Monitor once called me “snooty” when I did have some blogging thoughts about politics.
This election campaign has had very few opportunities for any of the candidates to talk about their direction for K-12 education. So, essentially we have to guess by past practice and track records. It’s probably not fair but those of us who can remember still have the baggage of the Social Contract and the Political Protest that came as a response to Bill 160. The discussion about EQAO and its costs/benefits never made it to my radar. We have the current education Premier and some of his government initiatives like full-day kindergarten most fresh in our minds. There is discussion about moving teacher education to a two year program instead of the current one year.
But, perhaps I missed a discussion about K-12 education. I decided to see if it made the news and I wasn’t paying attention. “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” gave a wrap up of the editorial position of provincial newspapers as we head into the election tomorrow. You can read it here. Sadly though, use your literacy skills and CTRL-F or CMD-F and search for the term “education”. It only makes a single hit when you search the entire document.
There was some discussion during the leaders’ debate but it involved the costs of post-secondary education.
The teacher federations do take a stand and you can read it on their websites.
So, as we head to the polls today, it is with the knowledge that education didn’t make the big headlines this time around although the television ads were entertaining. Does this mean that the political parties and the province are happy with the way things are? Or, are massive changes waiting in the reeds?
With all of this in mind, my wife and I rehashed things during a walk yesterday. If you’re reading this first thing on Thursday morning, you have one last change to influence how we’re voting. If you’re inclined, take your best shot!