GRADE 12

PHILOSOPHY TEXT

 

2013 CURRICULUM SUPPORT DOCUMENTS

The following documents are designed to assist teachers with the implementation of the new philosophy curriculum in their classrooms. Please note that these documents are intended to provide an overview of the curriculum revisions, and that teachers are required to refer to the curriculum documents for program planning.

 

ABORIGINAL PHILOSOPHY 

OPTA recently initiated a project that seeks to incorporate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis philosophies and pedagogies into the current philosophy curriculum. The aims of this project are to provide more diverse resources to Ontario philosophy classrooms, and to compensate for the lack of Aboriginal cultures, histories, and perspectives represented in secondary education.

The following lessons have been made in collaboration with the Department of Aboriginal Education at University of Toronto’s OISE. Many thanks to Professor Jean-Paul Restoule and Angela Nardozi for their constructive feedback and constant support. The ethics lesson was also done in partnership with First Nations Elder Cat Criger, a traditional teacher of the Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh) Turtle Clan. Thank you to Cat for sharing his knowledge, and for making himself available as a guest speaker for teachers interested in implementing this lesson. Further thanks to elder Ernie Sandy, Ojibway scholar and teacher at Nipissing and York Universities, and an elder in residence  at Dodem Kanonhsa Cultural Facility for guidance and support.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Acting on a report prepared by the Ontario Working Group on Financial Literacy, the Ministry of Education has mandated that all subject disciplines incorporate relevant financial literacy materials in their classroom curricula.

The Working Group’s vision statement: “Ontario students will have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for managing their personal financial well-being with confidence, competence, and a compassionate awareness of the world around them.”

This requirement can be fulfilled with a lesson, a project or an activity that formalizes some aspect of the practices and implications of money management.

The acquisition and use of private, corporate and public wealth has far-reaching ethical implications. OPTA feels strongly that our students should examine some of the issues in the ethics of consumerism. To that end, we have provided the following materials. They can be used as is, or modified as you see fit.

The Ministry documents related to financial literacy are available at www.edu.gov.on.ca Type ‘financial literacy’ into the search field.