People for Education applauds high school teachers

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February 22, 2013

People for Education issued a release today applauding the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation for recommending a return to participating in extracurricular activities.

Movement on extracurricular activities good for students

Toronto (February 22, 2013) – People for Education applauded the move forward by Ontario’s public high school teachers today. The recommendation from the executive and local presidents of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation that teachers begin to participate in voluntary extracurricular activities again, will make a huge difference to students and parents.

“We call these activities extracurricular,” says Annie Kidder, Executive Director of People for Education. “But they are not really extras at all. They are a vital component of a strong, broadly-based education. Research shows unequivocally that participating in extracurricular activities improves students’ engagement, their sense of belonging and, ultimately, their achievement.”

“I hope this is the first step on the road to recovering goodwill, greater public confidence and strengthened school communities,” says Kidder. “Students need to go to schools where teachers, support staff, principals, parents and others are working together to provide the best education possible.”

The organization says that the last year has been difficult for all involved. They expressed hope that the government will come to a renewed agreement with both OSSTF and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, and that mechanisms will be put in place to make the bargaining process more effective going forward.

“We hope the next steps include talks with all the education partners, including principals, parents and students. We need to undo some damage, fix the unworkable teacher-hiring regulations and get back to talking about how to improve education,” says Kidder.