Little return on billions poured into Ontario education

Ontario has increased spending on the public education system by a whopping $7 billion over the last decade, even though student enrolment dropped more than 5% in that time, according to a new study.

The Fraser Institute study — Education Spending and Public Student Enrolment in Canada — also found teacher and staff salaries, benefits and pensions ate up more than 80% of that massive cash injection.

“Contrary to what we often hear, more and more money is being spent on fewer and fewer students in Ontario’s public education system,” said study co-author Angela MacLeod, of the Fraser Institute’s Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education.

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  • Liberal Progressive

    What hogwash. Little return?

    What about the two million Ontario students who get to learn about the science of gender fluidity?

    • Starlord

      Don’t forget about being born racist and if your white/Anglo you should be ashamed.

  • ontario john

    A lot of the money is spent on expensive baby sitting services, operated by teacher unions at schools. I’m sure the private sector away from schools, can do the job a lot cheaper.

  • Starlord

    Couple opinions here:

    Bring in 200k plus people per year, majority English isn’t second language, God knows what education system.they come from…

    2nd they teach to the lowest common denominator in the class, while higher achievers have to wait for the teacher to finish with them to move on. Plus the nobody is allowed to excel, move ahead… you have to stay with the behind the curve pack.

    Last one: teachers too focused on social experiments like gayness, trannies, deconstructing anything white…

    • ontario john

      And now they want students to grade themselves. Brilliant idea! The Toronto Star is reporting that Wynne is going to review how courses are graded in schools. That should be a farce.

      • David Murrell

        Is former Education deputy minister Benjamin Levin in charge of the grades review?

    • Let me pause you for a moment: I will not argue that what you say is not or will never be a problem but it is missing the status quo. Schools are puppy mills. Teachers are paid to mind kids while parents go to work. How many students care about their studies? How many parents even show up for teachers’ interviews? How many teachers demand a return to tried-and-tested teaching materials? Considering this, ESL is barely a speck on the radar.

      You are correct about the levels of achievers. Smart students who can work independently are put in the same class as lower-level students and there is no room for advancement or reversion. As most teachers are just baby-minders, what do they care who is a good or poor student? Just push the kids into another class and get the pension. Parents are happy to see little Jayden or Madddysson move along.

      Parents, teachers and students who WANT to succeed will have to find another way.

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  • marty_p

    This is what happens when the Teachers Unions get too powerful and have allies in Govt. School started yesterday and I’ll bet $10 by the end of the month the teachers will be taking a “Professional Development Day” after having been off for 2 months.
    Most teachers are there simply to collect a pay cheque and to many it’s simply a job not a calling.
    I got my first taste of that many years ago when my son’s kindergarten teacher told me “It’s not my job to teach your child how to tie his shoes”….funny I remember kindly Mrs MacNeil back in 1962 getting all of us (in her kindergarten class) in a circle on the classroom floor where she taught us all how to tie our shoes.

    • dukestreet

      The union probably removed shoe tying from the contact shortly after the students who were the last truly educated by the system. That’s why it wasn’t her job anymore.

    • WalterBannon

      her job is to indoctrinate your children and get them to inform on you to big brother for wrong thinking

  • Chris

    Of course the ministry budget has increased almost exponentially under the Libs in Ontario. They have to pay them back for all the campaigning they did in the last 4 elections. There is no other reason than that. They are beholden to the unions.

  • WalterBannon

    Let me know when the civil war starts

  • Anyone who thinks that money will solve everything needs to give his or her head a shake. If you have indifferent students and/or parents, then it doesn’t matter if you have dedicated teachers with solid curricula and the best and most expensive materials (the latter of which is sorely missing, hence the “discovery” math).