Foundations of Education


Introduces The Education Act which governs education in Ontario.

Key Concepts

  • Education Act

Graded Tasks

  • prepare for your seminar this week

The Education Act

Ontario's education system is governed by the Education Act ().

The Education Act is the provincial government legislation that establishes the legal framework for education in the province, including the powers which are invested in the Minister of Education and school boards, the roles and responsibilities of principals and teachers, and the rights and responsibilities of students and parents.

The Education Act opens with the following text:

"A strong public education system is the foundation of a prosperous, caring and civil society...The purpose of education is to provide students with the opportunity to realize their potential and develop into highly skilled, knowledgeable, caring citizens who contribute to their society...All partners in the education sector, including the Minister, the Ministry and the boards, have a role to play in enhancing student achievement and well-being, closing gaps in student achievement and maintaining confidence in the province’s publicly funded education systems."

Review the above opening text from the Education Act. Then, in preparation for your seminar this week, write out an answer to the following question. Your TA may call on you to share your answer in the seminar:
Q4.1: If you were to add one additional sentence to the opening text from Ontario's Education Act, what would it be? (Answer Length: 25 - 75 words | Format: Sentence)
Potential Seminar Question