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

By R.D. Gidney

© 1999

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.

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  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.2in x 9.3in
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Are the sweeping changes to Ontario's education system introduced under the Harris government bad or wrong? Gidney places them in context, charting the major landmarks and debates that have washed over the educational landscape in Ontario from the 1950s.

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

By R.D. Gidney

© 1999

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    R.D. Gidney is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario.