HWDSB Chair Responds to Ontario’s Science Curriculum Announcement
On March 8, the Ontario Government announced a Modernization of School Science Curriculum with an emphasis on critical life and job skills, including the skilled trades. In a statement, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Chair, Dawn Danko, responds to the update of the science curriculum.
“Today, the Minister of Education announced a plan to update the Ontario science curriculum.
The new science curriculum, which emphasizes critical life and job skills, including the skilled trades, will help our students acquire the competencies and technical skills that support success in an ever-changing economy and society.
The updated science curriculum compliments HWDSB’s existing 21st Century Learning strategy, giving students the opportunity to make real world connections in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. By incorporating subjects such as coding, emerging technology, food literacy and the skilled trades, our students will be prepared with key skills and competencies that will help them succeed after graduation.
As we prepare for the next school year, HWDSB will be ready to support educators with implementation. We welcome these updates to the science curriculum in September 2022 and look forward to supporting our students as they progress through their education and beyond.”
The 21st Century Learning Strategy aims for HWDSB graduates acquire the competencies and digital skills needed to successfully pursue a post-secondary pathway (apprenticeship, college, community, university, or the workplace) and find success in an ever-changing economy and society.
To ensure students have critical life and job skills, the Ontario government is introducing a new science and technology curriculum and de-streaming the Grade 9 science course for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.
To ensure students have the skills they need to compete and succeed in the global economy, the Ontario government has revised the Grades 1 to 8 Science and Technology curriculum and is developing a new de-streamed Grade 9 Science course. These changes are being implemented for the 2022-23 school year as part of the government’s commitment to modernizing education and preparing students for success beyond the classroom.
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