Where Are the Readers?

Reading. It seems for time immemorial it has been the unifying pastime for peoples across the eons. Yet in our Digital Age, the fate of the physical book has been bemoaned, replaced by eReaders. But now it seems like the act of reading itself, regardless of the medium, is in trouble. A 2011 report from People for Education used data from the provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and shows that the percentage of children in grade 3 who report they “like to read” has dropped from 75% in 1998/99 to 50% in 2010/11. The number of students in grade 6 who “like to read” fell from 65% to 50% in the same time period. Only 21% of Ontario children in grade 3 reported that they read together with a parent or guardian “every day or almost every day”. Please see figure 1 below for an illustration of this worrying trend. Continue reading Where Are the Readers?

Day Schools vs. Boarding Schools pt. 2

Today I continue analyzing the great private school debate: whether to enrol your child in a day or boarding school. Last time I mentioned the negative effects of homesickness that boarding school inevitably brings, and the parental fear of missing out on your child’s upbringing. I also demonstrated how the single-sex learning curriculum found in boarding schools does not improve the learning experience of a student, and actually presents significant social detriments to a child’s development; a lack of experience in healthy interaction with the opposite sex can seriously hurt a child’s ability to integrate into the workforce and develop relationships in maturity. To read more about the harmful effects of the single-sex classroom, click here.

To begin this post, I want to look at the most popular argument in favour of boarding schools: 24/7 educational immersion, extracurricular activities, and supervision. Continue reading Day Schools vs. Boarding Schools pt. 2

Day Schools vs. Boarding Schools pt. 1

Within the Ontario private school realm, there are two major school types parents must choose from: enrolling their child in either a day school or a boarding school. There are certainly benefits and drawbacks associated with each category, so allow me to deconstruct the two camps of supporters.

When considering each type of school, there are three factors that will influence your decision: social, financial, and educational.

The majority of day schools offer coeducation, which is considered to be highly favourable for a child’s positive development and growth. Classroom interaction between the sexes from an early age onwards has been cited as critical for the upbringing of a functional member of society by preparing them for real-world integration amongst their opposite sex peers. Proponents of the single-sex curriculum that is found in boarding schools argue irreconcilable learning differences between boys and girls means that different teaching methods are not only required, but only possible in a single-sex classroom. However, while it is true that boys and girls demonstrate learning differences, the American Psychological Association notes that “there’s little empirical evidence showing that sex-segregated classes improve educational outcomes”. This is an important conclusion which argues that changing the student composition of the classroom is not a factor that influences students’ learning!

Continue reading Day Schools vs. Boarding Schools pt. 1

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