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Nunavut school system sets students up to fail by not failing them | Canada | News | National Post

Nunavut school system sets students up to fail by not failing them | Canada | News | National Post | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
It is what passes for conventional wisdom — and official department of education policy — in Nunavut, where high school dropout rates hover around 50%

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".... It is a disturbing figure underpinned by a curious bit of pedagogical logic. It goes something like this: You pass the students, no matter what their abilities, and then, just like Mr. Schell says, slam them into a brick wall of mandatory tests that they aren’t equipped to pass, because they have never had a chance to fail.

And … so … guess what happens next?

“The kids can’t pass the tests because they don’t have the skills, and so they get frustrated and eventually they stop going to school and then they drop out,” Mr. Schell says.

Nunavut is not alone in its non-failing enterprise. Holding a student back in elementary school, anywhere in Canada, is almost impossible to do and somehow perceived as a societal failure — a cross no kid should bear — instead of the best way to get little Jimmy caught up in reading, when little Jimmy can’t read..."

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New Ottawa Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education school plans Inuktitut standardization

New Ottawa Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education school plans Inuktitut standardization | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Inuit education is about to undergo a sea change, including the standardization of Inuktitut writing, as the group tackling the challenge opened their home base in Ottawa Tuesday.
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"....“Standardization of the Inuit writing system is not as easy as it sounds,” said national Inuit leader Terry Audla, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents Canada’s four Inuit regions. “In communities impacted by the resource boom, there are shortages of qualified workers. Too many young people are not graduating. We know that we have to educate our way to prosperity.” Audla spoke at the opening of the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education, a new Ottawa-based group tasked with putting to practice a list of 10 recommendations to improve Inuit education drawn up in 2008 under the National Strategy on Inuit Education...." Related Links: Inuit health group is giving voice and vocabulary to sex terms in Inuktitut - Suicide drives high death rates among Inuit kids -

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