Foundations of Education


Describes how the social continuity philosophy informs practice in K-12 Ontario education.

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Examples from Practice: Social Continuity

The 'education for social continuity' philosophy has strong roots in K-12 Ontario education. Here are three concrete examples which show how the social continuity philosophy informs educational practice:

  • Singing the national anthem / Canadian curriculum content: In most Ontario schools, the day begins with opening announcements and the singing of "O Canada." So too, the curriculum of Ontario's schools draws on Canadian contexts, especially in subjects like social studies, history, and geography.
  • Codes of conduct / classroom rules: Many elementary and secondary schools have codes of conduct which students and school staff are expected to abide by. () In some schools, students may be required to pledge that they will abide by the school's code of conduct. At the classroom level, most teachers begin the school year by setting the standards for acceptable behaviour in the class. Students may participate in the development of the classroom rules.
  • Hierarchical school organization: Like most organizations, schools and school boards are organized into hierarchies of authority. Students are supervised by teachers. Teachers are supervised by principals. Principals are supervised by school superintendents etc. This structure establishes a clear line of authority and responsibility.
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Q21.3: Drawing on your own personal school experiences and/or knowledge of Ontario education more generally, identify one further way the social continuity philosophy informs practice in K-12 Ontario education. (Actions: Post (Mon-Thu) and/or Respond (Fri- Sun) | 100 - 150 words total)
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