"Not only do some parents believe they are entitled to uncontrolled expansion, but our board and some trustees do too. The Director actually said to a parent "Why do we have to offer English if everyone wants French Immersion?"
"Wow - I am stunned and not sure what to say ! Displacing, marginalizing - they seem to be the correct words to describe what is happening and yet those are definitely words we typically associate with human rights, social justice and equity…"
"With all due respect, I find this argument weak at best. It is exactly what was tabled by the School Board and Trustees at a Boundary Review not even two years ago. My daughter's school was in an area with an "aging…"
"Oh Janet...that is exactly what has happened. Halton covers the City of Burlington, Town of Oakville, Town of Milton and Halton Hills yet only in Oakville do single track FI schools exist. Mary's statement that generally STFI…"
"Let's not get carried away here. Single track schools are one possible response to a community's growing and significant enrolment in immersion. Generally, it is only considered when the vast majority of the walking population is already…"
"Until now, I was completely unaware that single track FI programmes were being set up in the Halton area - forcing English track students out. Students are actually being displaced from their community schools. Have I got that…"
"Thank you, this is helpful information. As you know though, it is only relevant how the local school board chooses to offer, promote, and (mis)manage the optional program of Immersion. Our board is Halton and it is a mess. HDSB…"
"Reality check: Immersion is not taking over the education system any time soon.
2011-12 Ontario Elementary/Secondary Enrolment
Ontario: 2 043 117
French first language: 96 680 (4.7%)
Extended French: 31 295 (1.5%)
Immersion: 164 635 (8.1%)
"If Core French moved to 50% of the day, then it is called immersion in Ontario. In other provinces and in research, that is called 'partial immersion'.That is what is on offer in Peel DSB or Halton DSB, for example and although it may seem…"
"What if your school was destined to be closed? Your neighbourhood may be thriving now but if none of the current crop of parents move on and are replaced by new young families, in 10 years, your elementary school could be empty. Then, you might find…"
"Teachers sharing ideas and methodologies is a good idea. However, math experts will tell you that good math teaching involves ensuring that students make sense of the math they are learning, in other words that they have strong understanding of the…"