The Politics Of Education Reform

The Minister of Education and Training, David Johnson, announced the new Ontario high school diploma requirements in January 1998. With the elimination of grade thirteen, or Ontario academic Credits, it was foreseeable there would be changes to the requirements. However, one new requirement appears to have come out of nowhere:
All students will now be required to have a minimum of forty hours of unpaid community involvement activities before graduating high school. This requirement is in additional to the thirty credits needed for a high school diploma. Students will be able to choose their own community involvement activities, within guidelines that will be provided by the school. ...

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Students will gain and so will the community. Nevertheless, the "community involvement activities" requirement does present questions that the Ministry of Education has yet to address.
The first question: Why did the Ministry feel that making community involvement mandatory was necessary? One possible answer is economics. With budget cuts to the health system and education system, having students volunteer in these institutions will alleviate some of the cutbacks.
Students who volunteer in the health care system can do some duties of orderlies. Not to depreciate the work that orderlies do, but students can take wheelchair bound patients from one setting to another; students can help patients with their meals; students can make beds. The laundry facility is another area in which students can work. Almost anyone can remove laundry from a dryer and fold it. Students who chose the health system as their community involvement activity will find them doing everything from ...

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they want to; not because they have to. What the Ministry of Education seems to have forgot is that many students also work.
Students work for a variety of reasons. Some work so they can attend movies or concerts; some work so they can buy a car or bike; some work so they can buy clothes or compact disks; and some work so they can help with the family finances. Students from different social classes work for different reasons. How will the "community involvement activities" affect children who come from the lower economic classes?
We like to believe that our society is about equality. In fact, we like to believe our educational activities are about making society more equal ...

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