I was going to post on word families and adult reading, when I noticed this alarming tweet:
Canada continues to fall behind in key areas of learning states new report by Canadian Council on Learning
According to the news release - you can read it here - the report shows that the country is "continuing to fall behind in some key areas of learning." The good news is that this doesn't mean Canadians are learning less, scoring lower on tests, accessing fewer learning opportunities, or getting dumber.
Okay. So what is wrong?
Apparently, "Canada lacks national measures" of "the quality, access, financing and policy of early education and learning programs."
Also, though "Canadian secondary schools have shown consistently high results" Canada has "no national system of post-secondary education" or "measurable national goal, benchmark, or assessment of achievement for any phase of education."
Too, "Canada has among the world's most school-educated population" but "nearly half of adults in this country lack the prose-literacy skills needed to cope with... a knowledge-based global economy."
Though, ironically, with respect to 'Aboriginal Learning' (whatever that might be) "measurement approaches" are too narrow and too schoolish. They wrongly "focus on high-school graduation" and so are "incomplete and overlook the many aspects of learning that are integral to an Aboriginal perspective."
In sum, our schools are doing well and our population compares favourably, but it's all too local, regional, provincial. There's no... oversight. Canada lacks a properly federal system for monitoring education from early childhood through post-secondary - which is crucial, in today's economy... er, for everyone except Aboriginals.
If only there was some group or organization ready and willing to spend tax and charitable dollars on subverting constitutional - and best-practice based - arguments for locally-managed learning supports by creating a top-down, test-centric national education reform system.
They could call themselves the Council of Better Canadians or the Lords of Canadian Learning or... something snappy like that.