For Ontario students, EQAO stands for those pesky tests they have to write every few years up until Grade 10.
For teachers it’s a job requirement, one some consider valuable for the in-depth data they get about their students, and others see as a joy-killing, even dangerous, waste of precious time and money.
Parents, if they know the acronym, may still have only a fuzzy grasp of what it’s all about.
There has been a lot of talk since 2008 that economics as a discipline should be held responsible. And in the wake of these criticisms, that the standard curriculum should be adjusted. Of course, what is supposed to replace the boggeyman of "neoclassical" economics is often little more than a warmed over and updated version of Marx, Veblen and Keynes (modern Galbraitheanism since the earlier version didn't succeed).
I have updated my Amazon Book titled Fundamentals of Environmental Economics and have lowered the price to $1. My goal here is for everyone from high school students, to university students to interested adults to be exposed to basic ideas in incentive theory applied to environmental and urban economics. While the popular media often doesn't appear to appreciate the benefits of free markets, I want to nudge my readers to think for themselves.