Conseil supérieur de l'éducation
 
Local Implementation of the Reform in SECONDARY SCHOOL: Necessary Conditions

In November 2000, the Conseil supérieur de l’éducation gave the Secondary Education Commission the mandate to prepare a brief on the conditions needed to facilitate local implementation of the reform in secondary school.

 

There’s nothing secondary about it!

The education reform that is currently underway—and rendered most visible by the new curriculum and programs of study—will be officially implemented at the secondary level in September 2003. This target date, for which a good number of school boards and schools are already preparing, will mark a crucial step in the local implementation of a reform that involves the secondary level in particular. The educational success of ALL students is at the core of the current reform. Far too many young people drop out at the secondary level and schools must therefore change some of their ways of doing things in order to support these students in their educational development. Now more than ever, secondary schools are called on to prepare young people to become committed and responsible citizens, ready to embark on an educational path that will last a lifetime. To this end, they must give students the tools that will enable them to evolve in a complex and changing world.

 

Action-oriented work methods

Major changes are on the horizon. The Commission will first endeavour to clearly define the underlying principles and orientations of the reform by outlining in particular the elements that more closely affect secondary education. It will also strive to understand the processes at work in the dynamic of change. It will take into account other important aspects of the education reform underway that are transforming the educational and administrative landscape of schools: changes to the Education Act, which involve a redistribution of roles and responsibilities; the professionalization of teaching; the partnership with parents and the community; amendments to the Basic School Regulation; etc.

In its work, the Commission will identify, on the one hand, the main obstacles to the implementation of the reform and, on the other, the means available to stakeholders to support the realization of this project. The Commission will thus be able to specify the conditions needed for a successful implementation of the reform, for the benefit of all students in secondary school.

The Conseil will submit its brief to the Minister of Education in fall 2002.


Panorama • Volume 6, Number 3 • November 2001

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