Teachers criticized for using elearning for 2 weeks after march break! #onted #oecta #osstf #etfo #ottnews #onpoli #covid19canada

  • supposed to wait for union direction
  • don’t want it to be success – bad for negotiations with govt!!!
  • “it’s for the kids”??



See twitter stream (may be deleted later). Doug Little – teacher active at OSSTF HQ over last 6 years.


BTW, Flipped Classroom are very similar to elearning.



School boards and unions have been doing a poor job of getting post March break learning ready









#Catholic prep for #COVID19. Praying, Social Distancing, Flattening Curve, Work from Home, Helping Others. #covid19Canada . Pls RT.

Calm Preparation is not panicking.  Calm arranging is not “fear” – it  helps you help others. Prudence is not fear.
Things could decline rapidly in about 2 to 3 weeks (ie. after March break). It really depends on how much “social distancing” North Americans practice to “flatten the curve” and how aware people are of infection spreading by very low symptomatic people.
If 10% of 50% people (total infection rate?) require hospitalization, that will be huge hit on healthcare.
Soon there will  be a place in Ottawa (a hall in arena) for people (particular returning travellers who self-quarantined and experience symptoms). These people are supposed to go to these centres, not the ER!! Medical staff at these halls will have “personal protective gear”. Swab testing results will be back within 5hrs. In USA, tents will be set up.
Situation in Northern Italy (excellent healthcare in rich Milan a region!)
2 doctors. (Italy is more aged than North America and more dense)
Presumably, you have calmly already got a bit of extra food and medicines and started  “social distancing” and got urgent dental work done (and your Easter hairdo!)
Kids wont get very sick (even less the Influenza A/B).. but more upper middle aged will get sick/very sick (50yos die from COVID-19 sometimes, never from the flu)
I predict many people (and some students) will be sent home by late March for a few weeks. Some high tech companies are already doing it. Coca-Cola is having a total “work at home day” for all employees today to practice for a several week “work at home” soon.

https://www.flattenthecurve.com/ awesome website

Good 45mins video (starting at 2mins) https://t.co/Fmnux2yEWK?amp=1

Some IT related and other things to do in your home for business continuity and family well-being
– secure computers from bad websites for kids
     – netnanny, sophos, qustodio etc https://www.techradar.com/best/free-parental-control-software
– get a better monitor, mouse, keyboard for yr work laptop at home (Amazon/Flipgive)
– upgrade that office chair, desks, etc. (Staples, Ikea or a used furniture place. Ottawa: https://www.oflfurniture.com/ )
– get Learning Spaces and routines ready for chiĺdren!
– get FORMED.org account ready
– download FORMED ebooks to Kindle
– better videocameras for you and grandparents (eg Logitech)
– make sure you are happy with yr Internet speed and data plans from Teksavvy etc
– webaround backdrop for videoconferencing (inexpensive shipping to myusaddress in ogdensburg)
– upgrade contact lists (emails, numbers, skype addresses) of others (eg. Vulnerable co-parishioners, classmates, older neighbours)
– prayer corner upgrade (icons, holy water, sacramentals)

Relax, stay calm, prepare, make good Confessions, pray, help others. 


Fr Mark Goring on Coronavirus

Receiving Eucharist on Tongue:



Mark Mallett video


Bring your own Holy Water bottle to Mass!



2 good twitter accounts to follow for USA and Europe news)
Wuhan foot greeting:
 Not enough people are practicing “social distancing”, being careful about crowds in malls and restaurants.
https://emcrit.org/ibcc/covid19/#signs_and_symptoms (info for you and your family doctor and nurse friends)
Understanding latent and incubation periods of COVID19:



Parent support for teacher strike plummets. Will plummet more with #covid19canada crisis. #onted #onpoli #ocsb #oecta #tdsb #ottnews #pcpo

The major poll by the Toronto Star shows people want teachers to accept the 1%/23 offer. Columnist Martin Regg Cohen also says this. Teachers are furious and are attacking the Star and parents on twitter. They don’t want to believe the poll because Nick Kouvalis did it but the Star paid for the poll and designed the questions.

This drop in support is the REAL reason why OSSTF has stopped picketing for next few weeks!





Things like option vs opt out for elearning or 22 vs 23 kids or a raise will seem extremely petty soon as the coronavirus crisis explodes. McGuinty and Wynne (the “education premiers”) have left our healthcare system in terrible shape!!













Containment is futile:






Are #Ontario school boards doing a poor job planning for #COVID19Canada elearning in order fight Doug Ford’s Elearning? #onted #onpoli #ocsb #ottnews


US School boards are doing a MUCH better job.

Look at the good work in Seattle:







They are addressing any computer or internet access issues and working woth local businesses with wifi etc etc.

From Ontario school boards: NOTHING!! If schools are closed for 3 weeks will they do anything or just throw up their hands and say “elearning is not for everyone”?? Are they afraid students will like it too much??




BTW, TVO offers great elearning courses: https://ilc.tvo.org/en-ca/ilc-courses

as do school boards:


But teachers continue to strike because it is proposed that elearning be opt-out!! Teachers insult parents by believing they won’t come in to the school once in 4 yrs for a quick opt-out mtg. It is really about job protection!!


PPS: Multiple learning styles is totally debunked! No evidence – an “edu fad”



Google Scholar Learning Styles





Observations on teachers strikes this week. #ottnews #onpoli #onted #oecta #ocsb #tcdsb #pcpo


1) Lots of bickering between teachers on Twitter re: OECTA and 1% and Reg 274. Tensions really rising. Not so much “solidarity”
2) We were surprised to see the number of teachers who strongly oppose opt-out for elearning. They DEMAND opt-in. They seem to think parents will be too lazy to opt out (or will like it too much). Insulting to parents and looks unreasonable.
3) I think it may come down to 1%/23 or 0%/22class size. Teachers may be painted into corner, given people realize how much more $$ needed for healthcare (COVID-19 and aging population). Also, looming recession. Also, “strike is not about the pay”. Don’t forget heh govt offered 4% increases for benefits!!!
4) Some schools (not in Canada yet) are planning videoconferencing to kids if schools are closed for 2-3 weeks. This may very well make parents realize how good elearning can be (either in “flipped classrooms” or because of quarantines)
5) are OSSTF and ETFO being more militant to force the “nuclear option” of closing down Catholic school system (as they really want).
6) TCDSB has cancelled all Europe trips. Italy has closed all hosps and schools. Why won’t OCSB cancel trips?







Ontario Teachers Unions supporting rail blockades. #onted #onpoli #cdnpoli #ottnews #osstf #oecta #etfo #tdsb #tcdsb #ocsb

Teachers unions supporting the blockades.

There will be an immediate drop to corporate revenues of all the manufacturing companies who rely on rail. This will effect govt tax revenues. Will a 1% raise now be impossible to give to teachers??

Longer-term, factories will not be built, or expanded. Some factories will close and move to Ohio or Kentucky so they can minimize risk to supply chains.

Internationally, there are legitimate fears that Canada’s reputation as a reliable supply partner will be damaged. The long-term cost of this to the Canadian economy is hard to quantify, but certainly it’s massive.”


“In addition to disrupting domestic and global supply chains, the blockades undermine Canada’s reputation as a dependable partner in international trade,” they said in the letter.



Lost opportunities have real costs both to railways and to the Canadian economy. The economic pain is magnified by the intangible costs to Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier to world markets. If the flow of products can be interrupted, especially without a healthy lead time, then foreign buyers will protect their interests by buying elsewhere. These are the harsh realities