1.04.01 - “Scrap discovery math and inquiry-based learning in our classrooms and restore proven methods of teaching”
The new math curriculum was implemented in September 2020; however, since this curriciulum only pertains to math and does not eliminate all inquiry-based learning in Ontario classrooms, the promise is considered partially kept.
“The [new math] curriculum, part of a $200-million “back to basics” math strategy, incorporates learning to code, expanded learning on financial literacy, and a return to memorizing multiplication tables. […] The government said students will also now only get one overall mark for math instead of separate marks for each strand.”
In June 2020, the Ontario government unveiled a new math curriculum for Grades 1 to 8. The proposed curriculum includes new subjects, like financial literacy and coding, and places renewed emphasis on “fundamental” math concepts and/or skills, such as memorization, which did not figure prominently in the 2005 curriculum that was in place under the previous provincial government.
“In the 2005 curriculum, students are not required to memorize key number facts. In the 2020 curriculum, there will be more focus on fundamental math concepts, such as learning multiplication facts of 0 × 0 to 12 × 12, to enhance problem solving and mental math.”
“This document replaces The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics, 1997. Beginning in September 2005, all mathematics programs for Grades 1 to 8 will be based on the expectations outlined in this document.”