Educating in the Aftermath of the Baby Boom: Does Size Really Matter?

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I think I have already made it clear that there are many avenues to which the Ontario Education System can improve the learning and development of our children and youth. At the same time, however, I think that it is also important to address the fact that some issues are often not the cause of those making policy decisions. Educators and policy supporters cannot force people to have more kids; the decline in birth rates – across the country – is a staple fact. 

According to statistics gathered from the World Bank, the 2014 Canadian fertility rate was 1.61 per female, while the 1960 rate was 3.81. Canada’s rate also remains lower than both the United States and Mexico. Because there are less children being born, there is evidently less children to teach in classrooms.

“So what is the issue Jillien?”

WELL, the baby boomer stage (i.e. when women were each having an average of four children) evoked a demand in schools for children to be educated. These buildings are the same spaces where children are learning today. Because there are less children to fill the chairs and empty hallways of these buildings, we run into a cost-analysis issue.

A recent article from Southern Ontario comments on how schools in the Bluewater District School Board are far from reaching their maximum capacity: “Beavercrest, with 192 pupils, is less than 40% full.” 

“So what can we do about it Jillien?” 

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