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Curriculum Reform in Ontario: 'Common-Sense' Policy by Laura Elizabeth Pinto

By Laura Elizabeth Pinto

This first complete account of curriculum coverage formula in Nineties Ontario is helping readers comprehend the real-life stories of policymakers either in the province and internationally.

Having labored as a coverage analyst for the govt of Ontario, a public university instructor, and a college professor, writer Laura Elizabeth Pinto is uniquely situated to take on the major problems with coverage formula: the politics and tensions between diversified coverage actors; the relationships among democracy in schooling and in coverage formation; and the hidden function of privatization.

Based on interviews with key coverage actors, together with ministry bureaucrats, curriculum coverage writers, stakeholder session members, and political staffers, Curriculum Reform in Ontario presents a critique of traditional coverage formula procedures. Pinto additionally indicates probabilities for extra participatory techniques to coverage formula that may larger aid the serious function performed by way of faculties in growing democratic societies.

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Second, cost is a potential issue. Incremental costs associated with PPA depend on the model applied, and cost has not been identified as a barrier. Finally, citizens must be motivated to participate, and that involves time, energy, and inclination. Some may argue that low voter turnout rates suggest political apathy (see Cameron 2002; Glynos 2003). Though low voter turnout often is considered a signifier of political apathy, others challenge this notion. For example, Peter Dahlgren postulates, ‘The ostensible political apathy and disaffiliation from the established political system may not necessarily signal a disinterest in politics per se.

Contrary to these criticisms, Mouffe (2005) insists that agonism makes for a more harmonious and safer society over time by taming and diffusing antagonism, such that the ‘enemy’ would be transformed into the adversary. One might envision this functioning The Ideal of Critical-Democratic Policy Production 17 as in organized sport (Tally 2007). Consider the football game: rival sides compete in an unambiguously agonistic struggle for dominance, with a clear winner and loser. Rival teams play by certain rules, unwilling to destroy the sport itself in order to achieve a particular goal.

The Ideal of Critical-Democratic Policy Production 15 Agonism is Chantal Mouffe’s solution to these limits.  . a legitimate enemy one with whom we have some common ground’ (Mouffe 2000b, 102) – rather than an illegitimate enemy or opponent. Adversaries, in this view, share principles of equity and liberty but disagree on the meaning and implementation of those principles. The key to the adversarial relationship is that both recognize that rational persuasion will not change the other’s political identity.

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