Foundations of Education

Overview

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

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Examples from Practice: Social Change

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

  • Environmental education curriculum: The Ontario Ministry of Education document, "Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow", is a policy framework for integrating environmental education topics into elementary and secondary schools. Consistent with the education for social change philosophy, the framework supports "students in acquiring [the] knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices [needed] to become active, engaged and responsible citizens."
  • Supports for students who identity as members of historically marginalized social groups: Most school boards have adopted policies and processes that promote equity and diversity and aim to support students who identity as members of historically marginalized social groups. () The challenge is to make sure such efforts are more than lip service and have a meaningful impact on practice.
  • Activist school clubs: Many elementary and secondary schools have established school clubs (e.g., environmental, anti-racist, and/or LGBTQ+ focused) that aim to raise social awareness and support the needs of historically marginalized students. () Many of these clubs are student-run with facilitation support from teachers.
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Q20.6: Drawing on your own personal school experiences and/or knowledge of Ontario education more generally, identify one further way the social change 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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