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Ford government continues to politicize math scores

QUEEN’S PARK — Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner, released the following statement after recent PC government announcements about math scores:

“The Ford government is creating alarm over math to distract from the harm they are doing in other areas of education.

After upending the sex-ed curriculum and flip-flopping on classroom sizes after courses had already been cancelled, they are clearly using math scores as a distraction tactic.

This politicization of math was on full display yesterday when the Minister made a sensational statement implying that all students are failing at basic math.

This hyperbole doesn’t help.

If the Conservatives were truly concerned about giving students the fundamentals, they would not have replaced in-class instruction with online learning or threatened to raise class sizes.

Further, we should not be scapegoating teachers with a new entry exam that experts say will have no impact on student math scores.

The idea that a kindergarten teacher should excel at calculus is absurd, and I am worried about highly qualified teachers in non-math disciplines being lost from the system.”

Schreiner responds to Ford’s comments on carbon tax lawsuit

QUEEN’S PARK — Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner, released the following statement after the Premier suggested he might walk back his carbon tax lawsuit:

“This lawsuit was political theatre from the get-go, with the vast majority of legal experts predicting it to fail.

But what’s really causing the Premier to consider backing down is people’s overwhelming desire for climate leadership.

No one wants a Premier who will waste tax dollars sabotaging solutions when the local and global impacts of climate change are becoming more and more dire.

Putting himself on the side of polluters and climate denial was a losing strategy from the outset and I’m not surprised the Premier is already eyeing up an exit plan.”

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