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A mother’s tongue: The complexity of raising multilingual children

The Globe and Mail – Malwina Gudowska

“Even those parents who do not speak a second language at home, but who want their children to be bilingual, face obstacles. As a recent study by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages outlined, the mounting demand for French immersion has created a shortage of French-as-a-second-language teachers. Parents in parts of B.C. have lined up outside of schools in hopes of getting a place for their child. In Ontario, some boards are using a lottery system to allocate places in highly coveted French-immersion programs. The report also states because of the lack of linguistically skilled teachers, some positions are being filled with less-than-qualified candidates.” (more)

Make bilingual education mandatory

The Clinton News Record – Daniel Caudle

“According to the US Foreign Service Institute, it should take 480 hours of practice to reach basic fluency. Or, if you practised for one hour a day, it would take your 1.3 years to become fluent in French. According to the Peel District School Board, the 2018-2019 school year has 187 instructional days for elementary and secondary students. This number is the average number through the years that students will spend in school in a given year. Taking our average 480 hours to learn a language and dividing by school days in a year, with one hour of language classes a year, it gives us 2.5 years for a student to learn a language.” (more)

CBE introduces new math strategies in the wake of alarmingly poor test results

The Calgary Herald – Eva Ferguson

“In the wake of alarmingly poor results on standardized math tests, public schools will spend more time on daily math work, provide more instructional support to teachers and ensure all schools are setting specific goals around math achievement. As well, teachers will continue to be asked to check in with parents at least four times a year about progress in math, a strategy that was adopted a few years ago when report cards were scaled back.” (more)

For the sake of kids, embrace math

The Conversation – Andy Hargreaves and Pasi Sahlberg

“Mathematics is causing headaches in schools across Canada, Australia and many other parts of the world. Teachers in both Canada and Australia feel neither competent nor confident in math and, frankly, they are the first to admit it. As researchers, educators and authors who have advised globally about best practices for improving learning and achievement, we have had opportunities to notice common trends and obstacles, and notable gains, in math education.” (more)

Ditch the calculators to improve mathematics scores, say tutors

CBC – Reid Southwick

“As thousands of Calgary students struggle with math, tutors suggest leaving calculators out of the classroom. In the 2017-2018 school year, 2,400 Grade 9 Calgary Board of Education students failed the provincial standardized math test. After standardized tests showed slumping math grades in Calgary, tutors say the frequent use of calculators in the classroom is an “extreme weakness” that prevents students from understanding math and sets them up for big challenges later in school.” (more)