The Precarity of Extracurricular Education in Ontario Schools during Labour Strife


  • Terry Sefton University of Windsor


extracurricular, collective bargaining, Ontario schools, Education Act, work-to-rule


Labour strife in the education sector in Ontario has repeatedly highlighted the precariousness of certain types of teaching and learning that are delivered under the catch-all designation extracurricular. This paper reviews education legislation in Ontario over the past 40 years that has impacted teachers’ right to strike; examines how teacher unions and the provincial government targeted extracurricular activities during collective bargaining; and considers how extracurricular activities have come to be an expected part of public education.


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