Premier McGuinty favours all-boys schools within public education system

TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty is welcoming the idea of creating all boys schools in Ontario's public education system.

TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty is welcoming the idea of creating all boys schools in Ontario's public education system.

McGuinty says he loves the fact that Chris Spence, the education director with the Toronto District School Board, is looking for creative ways to help boys improve their test scores.

He says all-boys schools would allow boards to develop a special curriculum that addresses the learning challenges they face.

The premier says it's clear boys are not doing as well as girls when it comes to reading and behaviour issues.

McGuinty had not been in favour of a blacks-only school, but says boys only would be different because it would include students of all faiths, all colours and all ethnic backgrounds.

Education director Chris Spence also wants to see a number of single-sex classes and boy-friendly programs.

Spence says an all boys school would improve learning and cut high school dropout rates.

He wants the Toronto board to open a male leadership academy for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 3 as a kind of alternative school, and would add a new grade each year.

Most, if not all, the teachers at the all boys school would be men if the board accepts Spence's recommendation.

 
 
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