Head­line writer fails

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The Ed­i­tor, It was with some cu­rios­ity that I read the front-page head­line ‘Pos­i­tive spin on low marks’ in the Septem­ber 26 edi­tion of Read­ing on, that cu­rios­ity turned to be­wil­der­ment as the sub­cap­tion read: “Area English-lan­guage pub­lic schools strug­gle to make pro­vin­cial grade.”

As a par­ent of, what I con­sider to be “area English pub­lic school” stu­dents, I found this dif­fi­cult to be­lieve. As such, I did a five-sec­ond web search of EQAO (Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice), the pro­vin­cial stan­dard test­ing frame­work, and at my fin­ger­tips were the re­sults for any school in the prov­ince that I cared to re­view.

Look­ing at Lag­gan PS, my lo­cal “area school,” I noted that the lat­est re­sults avail­able for Gr. 3 were: Read­ing (2016-18): 97% at or above pro­vin­cial stan­dard; Writ­ing (2016-18): 94% at or above pro­vin­cial stan­dard; Math­e­mat­ics (2016-18): 79% at or above pro­vin­cial stan­dard.

My in­ter­est piqued, I con­tin­ued on and noted that for Grade 6, the re­sults were even higher: Read­ing (2016-18): 98% at or above pro­vin­cial stan­dard; Writ­ing (2016-18): 98% at or above pro­vin­cial stan­dard; Math­e­mat­ics (2016-18): 92% at or above pro­vin­cial stan­dard.

I’m nei­ther an ac­coun­tant nor math­e­ma­ti­cian by train­ing, but it was clear to me after a full 10 sec­onds of in­ves­ti­ga­tion and eval­u­a­tion of this pub­licly avail­able in­for­ma­tion that what I, as a faith­ful

reader, con­sider my “area schools” do not fit the nar­ra­tive that the au­thor of this ar­ti­cle was try­ing to sell.

On the con­trary, this area school far ex­ceeds the pro­vin­cial stan­dard. I won­der then, what por­tion of the weekly read­er­ship that the au­thor was try­ing to reach with this ar­ti­cle? Per­haps the le­gions of sub­scribers in the Corn­wall, Stor­mont or Dun­das re­gions? Was the au­thor per­haps re­fer­ring to their “area schools”? It would cer­tainly seem that he or she couldn’t be re­fer­ring to mine.

can, and should, do bet­ter for its read­ers and ei­ther per­form some le­git­i­mate re­search when pre­par­ing its ar­ti­cles, or fail­ing that, en­sure that its front-page head­lines are ac­cu­rate.

Chris McPher­son, McCrim­mon

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