Education in Canada

By Billy Townley, Deanna Skoviak and Quinn O'Connell

Did you know Canada is ranked 2nd in the world in education? Education in Canada is similar to education in most developed counties. Canada's education system is very interesting and is not too diverse compared to what you probably experienced in school.

The length of the school year, school days and breaks in Canada are very similar to most U.S. schools. "Canada generally has 190 (180 in Quebec) school days in the year, officially starting from September (after Labour Day) to the end of June" (Wikipedia, Pg 1). They have a break near Christmas and a break in March often referred to as Spring Break. They also get summer break for about three months that most kids like. Overall, Canada's school year is very similar to other countries like the U.S.

Some may argue that private schools are the way to go, but many of Canada's schools are public and seem to be doing just fine. In Canada, only 5.6% of students go to Private Schools (Deani Van Pelt). Private schools are generally the same quality of Public Schools. However, recently the number of students attending private schools has gone up. Overall, the majority of students go to public schools.

As you know, Canada's education system is quite exceptional, so you know how many kids actually make it through. Don't worry, many of those kids will pass. It is averaged to be that 88.6% of high schoolers will graduate high school their first time. Although 8.1% of high schoolers will dropout, it is still pretty good. So you should have no problem getting through Canadian schooling.
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Around the ages of four or five, Canadian children start attending Kindergarten at elementary school which is usually for most countries. This is to prepare them for the upcoming years of school, and to make them feel comfortable in their new environment. It is also important to teach them early math and language as entry towards higher grades. They are also taught the skills to socialize and make friends. Most required classes in Canada include English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and French Language Arts (which is more common in Quebec). These necessasary classes bear some resemblance to America's required classes. They are the most important skills needed to excel in the education system.

Of course you can't have good schools without good teachers. But obviously they need to pass certain requirements. For instance they need a BA (Bachelors Degree) and in college they need certain amount of credits dedicated to there field of education. They generally are required to have one year of training as well. But most importantly they need to have a clean record (criminaly). Don't worry they also get paid good. They are averaged to be paid $59,125 a year. Overall the teachers in Canada are good for the most part and not just anyone can be a teacher.

Well we hope you enjoyed this article today. If you read you should have learned about school day length and enviroment. You should have also learned about public and private schools. Finally you should have gotten to know the teachers a little better. Overall you should have learned a lot about the Canadian education system. So now think about there education in you're country compared to Canada's. What things do they have in common, what things are different?

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