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Lizanne Foster

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Lizanne Foster, who currently teaches in Surrey, British Columbia, became a teacher by accident in apartheid-era South Africa.
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Which Canada Will You Celebrate on Canada Day?

I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.
06/30/2015 08:00 EDT
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If Kids Can't Play in Publicly-Funded Playgrounds, Where Can They Go?

Two moms and five kids tried to use a playground at a North Vancouver French private school around 4 p.m. The principal asked them to leave because the school grounds are off-limits to the public until 5:30 p.m. The playground was built from money fundraised by neighbourhood parents. If children cannot play in a playground that their parents fundraised for, where can they go?
03/02/2015 02:22 EST
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Premier Christy Clark Has Left Us No Choice

What choices can I make as an individual taxpayer with the money you say you have saved me? I can't provide a better public transportation system. I can't provide more doctors or more nurses. I can't ensure our elderly are cared for.
02/20/2015 12:56 EST

Today's Kindergarteners Need Definite Decisions From Lima Climate Change Meeting

Have you noticed that when politicians in the U.S. and Canada talk about education reform, they say it's what "the economy" needs. They tell us the only way to do that is for schools to produce the kinds of workers that corporations want. Given the fact that there can be no economy without a healthy environment, isn't this focus on what the economy needs a bit short-sighted?
12/08/2014 05:32 EST
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Cardboard Question Box Beats Google Search Box Any Day

Something I love about my job is when my students tell me something that "blows my mind" (in teenspeak). Being a teacher of teens means that I am frequently having to adjust what I thought I knew about a whole range of issues. The most recent adjustment has been to what I thought I knew about teens' relationship with the Internet.
12/02/2014 06:47 EST
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Personalized Learning Means Kids With Computers, Not Teachers

Personalized learning will mean that more often than not your child will be interacting with his/her personal computer while completing courses online. It makes so much sense to try to sell this doublespeak version of "personalized" to parents. It's so much cheaper to buy a new computer than to pay a teacher's salary year after year.
11/28/2014 01:58 EST

B.C. Needs To Turn Jobs Blueprint Green

The B.C. Jobs Blueprint has a few worthy goals that, if achieved, will go a long way toward addressing both societal injustices and economic needs: a dramatic increase in young people entering the trades, training opportunities for aboriginal students, and support for education and training for people with disabilities. But where the plan falls apart is that it focuses on an industry that not only spews vast amounts of chemicals into our waterways but also speeds up global warming, the driver of climate change.
10/15/2014 06:54 EDT