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Poor math skills a common problem for teens pursuing trades, Skills Ontario says

Group hopeful Ontario's new back-to-basics approach will address the issue
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KITCHENER — Among the many changes the Ford government is introducing to the school system, changes to the math curriculum remains rather uncontroversial.

In fact, Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, is welcoming that change. 

The provincial government plans to replace the current 'Discovery Math' curriculum with a return to basics.

Discovery Math was introduced under the previous Liberal government with a focus on experimenting and problem solving compared to previous methods based on repetition.

"I think the intent was good, however the results were not meeting the standards," Howcroft says.

According to Howcroft, many students graduating lacked the math skills need in "pursuing a skill trade or technology career" with many having to go back to school and gain the necessary math skill on their own time.

"48 per cent met the standard so we are falling short, so were please to see the government taking steps to address this."

He says they will have to wait and see how the new curriculum plays out and whether or not it will raise test scores.

However, he is happy the Ford government is taking action.

 




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