From Hope to Harris: The Reshaping of Ontario's Schools by R.D. GidneyFrom Hope to Harris: The Reshaping of Ontario's Schools by R.D. Gidney

From Hope to Harris: The Reshaping of Ontario's Schools

byR.D. Gidney


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In the late 1990s, Ontario's schools are in turmoil. Under the Harris government, sweeping changes in governance, finance, and curriculum have produced unprecedented conflict and deep divisions. From Hope to Harris sets these developments in a broad historical context.

Beginning with a portrait of the school system in 1950, the year the Hope Commission offered its own blueprint for Ontario's schools, Gidney describes the expansion of the system, changing purposes, conflicts over curriculum and pedagogy, the reorganization of governance and finance, and new departures in provision for Roman Catholic and francophone education. He highlights the struggles over other forms of equitable treatment for children and young people, and the impact of larger social changes on the schools. The politics of education under successive Ontario governments is a major theme, including an extended discussion of the origins, events, and immediate aftermath of the Harris government's 'common sense' revolution in education.

From Hope to Harris charts the major landmarks, the paths taken or not taken, and the debates that have washed over the educational landscape from the 1950s to the end of the century. Given the current unrest over educational issues, this book will be of interest to teachers and parents alike, and to all those concerned about the future of public education in Ontario.

R.D. Gidney is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario.
Title:From Hope to Harris: The Reshaping of Ontario's SchoolsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.95 × 6 × 1.03 inPublisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802081258

ISBN - 13:9780802081254

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There’s no doubt that Premiere Mike Harris’ educational reforms in the province of Ontario have been nothing short of controversial. In From Hope To Harris: The Reshaping of Ontario’s Schools, R.D. Gidney explores not only Harris’ education proposals and implementation, but the entire province of Ontario’s experimentation with public education for the last 150 years. He also examines the investments, studies and reports that have helped to make Ontario’s system what it is today. Fascinating and cogently argued, Gidney’s book is an essential text for anyone who wants to learn more about public education in Toronto.