Jerry Diakiw
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Former Superintendent of Schools

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Reading And Life Success

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2017 | 5:51 PM

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.

Increasingly, new...

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Dispelling Misconceptions Of What It Means To Be Intersex

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 3:22 PM

By Jerry Diakiw with Mikela Jay

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...

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I Found My Roots In Ukraine

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2017 | 4:35 PM

After the World War 2, we lost all contact with our many relatives in Ukraine, dozens of them.

My father and mother were both born in the village of Lopushna, not far from Lviv, in what was then Polish occupied Ukraine. They each came from peasant families of at...

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Why We Should Be Investing In Disadvantaged Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 10:11 AM

It is widely known that disadvantaged children perform dramatically lower on cognitive achievement tests than children from well-to-do families. In Toronto, for example, children from family homes earning less that $30,000 per year (disproportionately single moms), perform more than 30 points lower on test scores in reading, writing and mathematics,...

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