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Jerry Diakiw

Educator

Former Superintendent of Schools
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Reading And Life Success

One of the least expected predictors of life success is one's reading ability in primary school. Reading with pleasure, and especially reading fiction, is far more important than we have ever imagined. Finding ways to develop engaged readers is important for every child, but particularly for boys.
05/04/2017 05:51 EDT
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Dispelling Misconceptions Of What It Means To Be Intersex

Back in the 1970s as a vice-principal of a local high school, a grade nine student registered as "male" informed me he was now "female." The gender spectrum at that time was largely an official mystery. She, requested the use of the girl's washroom and I made arrangements to have her use the female staff washroom.
04/27/2017 03:22 EDT
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Why We Should Be Investing In Disadvantaged Children

It is widely known that disadvantaged children perform dramatically lower on cognitive achievement tests than children from well-to-do families. We know what the problem is. We even know what to do about it. But do we have the political will? Early childhood education delivered to disadvantaged children as young as one to four clearly promotes economic efficiencies and reduces lifetime inequalities.
04/26/2016 10:11 EDT