Education Minister Liz Sandals announced a $60 million injection that the Ontario Government believes will help boost troubling math scores.
The “renewed math strategy” will see all students from Grade 1 to 8 perform at least 60 minutes of math instruction every day.
Schools will be required to designate a “math lead teacher” who will receive up to five days of math professional development every year.
Critics argue that lower EQAO test scores are proof that “new math”, also known as “discovery math”, isn’t working. Students aren’t grasping this new age, creative approach to problem solving.
Instead of spending at least $60M on this issue, should we roll everything back to the old-school “drill-and-kill” format?