The Ontario government updated the province’s elementary math curriculum for the first time in fifteen years in hopes of reversing a decade of declining math scores.
Details on the new curriculum were released Tuesday by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce said math scores have been on a steady decline for some time.
“We have to do better with the foundations of math,” Lecce said. “If we get this right today, we can literally change the future of our workforce.”
The province will teach coding and computer programming skills and students will learn about saving and spending money as early as grade 4.
“I made a promise to parents that we would fix the broken education system we inherited, get back to basics, and teach our children the math fundamentals they need for lifelong success,” Premier Ford said.
The province also announced that grade three and six students will not participate in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing during the 2020-21 school year.
The new math curriculum can be viewed here.
Premier Ford calls on farmers to get tested
Meanwhile, Premier Ford says when it comes to reopening tomorrow in the Toronto region, he will not get a haircut or go on a patio until Windsor-Essex residents can.
Windsor-Essex will not open up to Stage 2 tomorrow like Toronto and Peel Region.
Ford once again reiterated his plea that workers in the agri-farming industry in Windsor-Essex get tested.
Ford said his government will be releasing more information on a plan for farmers on Wednesday.
“We have to make sure that testing is available to our farmers and to the workers,” Ford said.
“There’s a lot of tension right now in Windsor-Essex and I just need to cool the temperature there,” Ford added.
Ford also promised that farmworkers would be eligible for WSIB if they test positive.
Ontario reports first COVID-19 related death of someone 19 years old or younger
Ontario reported the first COVID-19 related death of someone who was 19 years old or younger on Tuesday.
The province did not indicate the exact age or gender of the deceased, but Ontario’s Chief Coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer said they are investigating the death of a child.
“We are looking at all aspects of the circumstances of death,” Huyer said.
Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed an investigation is underway into the death as the patient had other health conditions and it is unclear if the person died due to COVID-19 specifically.
“In some cases, there are situations where there are other pre-existing conditions that may actually be the cause of the loss, rather than COVID-19,” Elliott said.
There are now 2,127 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 2,619.
More to come…