OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

October 01, 2009 15:00 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Expresses Concern About Sunshine on Schools Website

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2009) - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation is concerned about how some information about student achievement and education spending is presented on the Sunshine on Schools website managed by the Society for Quality Education.

At OSSTF/FEESO, our goal is to protect and enhance education. To this end, we approve of and encourage the discussion and sharing of information relevant to our education system. However, we are wary of any presentation of such information, no matter how statistically accurate, which presents a misleading picture of that system.

The Society for Quality Education, with its goal to introduce competition between schools and school boards, presents data about school boards and allows direct comparison using graphs. Although the results may look scientific and professional, such comparisons lack genuine relevance because there is no context provided. Because of the regional, cultural, historical and socio-economical differences between school boards, a simple bar graph provides a woefully insufficient illustration.

Instead of helpful discourse, the website only provides raw data and ambiguous comparisons. It is our hope that those who are truly interested in the wellbeing of our education system will recognize the site as a simplistic tool serving a particular political agenda.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    President
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867
    (416) 751-3394 (FAX)
    www.osstf.on.ca