McGuinty Urges MPPs To Go Back To School
Government Takes Responsibility For Education Results
TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, joined by Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy, today invited all MPPs to reconnect with Ontario's students and schools by spending one day in the classroom before March break.
Premier McGuinty and Minister Kennedy first introduced the challenge in Opposition. By continuing to issue the challenge as the new government, they are demonstrating their commitment to take responsibility for student achievement in Ontario.
"Ontario's schools and classrooms have changed a lot over the years and, as a new government, we have a responsibility to fully understand what Ontario's teachers and students face every day," said Premier McGuinty. "We are committed to improving student achievement and to making Ontario's public education system the best in the world."
The challenge is endorsed by many major school and trustee associations as well as parent, teacher and student groups. The average MPP last attended school 33 years ago. MPPs are being encouraged to participate in activities that will provide them with insights into the school experience, such as observing or participating in classes and meeting with principals.
"There has never been a more important time for MPPs to go back to school," said Kennedy. "Getting MPPs back in the classroom where they can see the needs of today's students and teachers is crucial to bringing about real, positive change in our public education system."
"If we get public education right, our children will be the best citizens and be equipped with the skills they need to get the best jobs," said Premier McGuinty.
The MPP Back to School challenge, first issued four years ago, extends to all MPPs. They are encouraged to report back to their community and to the Legislature about their experience.