7 surprising things you should know about education in Canada
The article is shared from the perspective of someone who has lived in Canada for many years and has had the opportunity to interact with Canadian education in a variety of perspectives.
1. Encourage students to do their own thing.
I was the interpreter at a meeting between a Vietnamese mother and a Canadian teacher. Nothing serious, the teacher just wanted to inform the mother of some small problems of the new boy first class. But there is a dialogue that I remember forever.
Teacher: “He eats quite slowly, sometimes when you eat finished and I still eat rice.”
Mother: “At home, I have to make him eat. So please help him. She touched her niece.”
Teacher: “So I’ll give her half an hour to eat so she has more time to eat.”
I translated that part, and the mother did not seem to understand. Why is it that the solution to your child’s eating problem is to feed your baby earlier than you? The teacher also did not understand why the proposed mother-to-woman solution was for a four-year-old child. This is a cultural gap in thinking about the child’s independence, which is also a good example of the self-employment incentive of schools in Canada education.
2. Respect for privacy.
The personal information of the student is known only to that student and the school. In the classroom in Canada, by law, teachers are required to protect their personal information. At the college level, when a student is of adult age, the student’s medical information is not allowed to be disclosed to the student’s parents without permission.
3. Personalize the curriculum.
Instead of trying to force a student into a mold, and any child who raises the mold, the school will shake hands, out of responsibility, expulsion; here, the school tries its best to meet the needs of each child. All those people are not paid extra for what they do.
4. No textbooks nationwide.
Canada does not have an education kit or textbook system nationwide. Each province has its own education authority. Each county has an educational board that manages schools in its territory. Each school has general guidelines on what to teach. But the ultimate responsibility is on the teacher who is in the classroom. They make plans and choose books to teach students.
5. Respect for students.
This respect is reflected in the protection of student personal information, sure. But I also see this in the smaller actions, such as the teacher squatting down to talk to students instead of standing and speaking from above. The teacher used his big hand to get used to it when the girls first entered class 1. And most importantly, the apology.
6. Free skill support.
In universities education in Canada, there are a lot of skill classes such as reading skills, recording skills, test skills, etc. Meetings with alumni are now also held regularly. Job support, the school invited hundreds of recruiters to introduce their companies to students. All are free.
7. No tuition fees.
Education in Canada is free from the age of 4 until the end of the 12th grade, a university is quite cheap. You can borrow money from your government, if you have a job then you need to pay back slowly, or if you are too poor, you can be considered to remove the debt.
So these are everything about education in Canada, I hope this article can help you find what you want.