In my last blog post A Look at Ontario I looked at the plan for implementing personal finance education in Ontario schools. I followed this up by looking at the Ontario Ministry of education website to see what had actually been done in the last few years in the area. I was please to find a whole section on financial literacy in Ontario schools. It seems the implementation closely followed the 2009 plans where content is spread into existing classes. In fact, the Ontario Ministry of Education published resource guide indicates that “The Ministry of Education is working to embed financial literacy expectations and opportunities in all subjects in Grades 4 to 8 and all disciplines in Grades 9 to 12 in the Ontario curriculum”. Emphasis on ALL subject areas.
I originally thought that a separate course to teach financial literacy (personal finance) would be a better plan, but Ontario is convincing me that their model working it in to all courses could be effective as well. Their video for parents shows students of various ages learning the content in a meaningful way in a variety of classes. The supporting resource document also offers teachers of all subjects specific examples of how financial skills can be taught in their subject areas. Spending time on the Ontario site has left me feeling like Saskatchewan is behind the times.
“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” -B.F. Skinner, Behavioural Psychologist