Math test for teachers ruled racist & unconstitutional — Analysis
Canada Court ruled that mandatory mathematics proficiency tests are unconstitutional. This ruling should not be applied to those who do not pass them, regardless of how many attempts they make to help children.
Last week, the Ontario Divisional Court instructed the Ontario College of Teachers to comply with its orders. “grant certification to teacher candidates who have not passed the Mathematics Proficiency Test,”Citation “disparities in success rates of standardized testing based on race.”
The Mathematics Proficiency Test infringes s.15(1) of the Charter. It is also not justifiable under s. 1.
It’s important to remember that “under-representation of racialized teachers in Ontario schools,”The judge ruled that “racialized students benefit from being taught by racialized teachers”And that “the deleterious effects of the MPT on racialized teacher candidates who have been disproportionately unsuccessful on the test outweigh its benefits.”
A court ruled that alternatives were possible to the Mathematics Proficiency Test. “appear to be less impairing and at least as effective,”Include a condition to have done a “minimum number of hours of math instruction or a math course”You can earn a bachelor’s degree in education.
The Ontario Teachers’ Federation praised the court’s decision, claiming in a statement that “there is no research to suggest that a standardized test would improve student outcomes or enhance teacher pedagogy.”
However, some social media users questioned the decision, and claimed that it would reduce the quality of teachers in Ontario.
“Your Ontario teacher no longer needs to pass basic math to teach basic math,” tweetedJeffrey Blehar is a conservative commentator, and Jonathan Kay, Quillette editor Jonathan Kay joked, “Ontario teachers union very excited that its members won’t have to know math. Another great day for Ontario students.”