Misha Abarbanel
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Misha Abarbanel is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Teaching and Learning Initiative, a full-time Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto, a high school English teacher and Curriculum Leader (on academic leave), and past-President of the Ontario Student Debating Union. Follow Misha on Twitter: @MishaAbarbanel

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Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum Infringes Parents' Rights? Think Again

(95) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 8:08 AM

This post was written in collaboration with Lauren Bialystok, Assistant Professor of ethics and education at the University of Toronto.

The backlash against Ontario's new health curriculum has left many people confused. Is it radical? Whose interests does it serve? Are fundamental parental and religious rights being undermined? Where and...

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The Liberals and the NDP Are Undermining the Left

(67) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Now that we freely coin verbs, as Orwell predicted we would, by adding the prefix 'un-' to nouns (e.g. unfriend), allow me a little 21st-century lexical liberty. I submit to you a phrase with the same ring, and hopefully the same political influence, as 'unite the right'. Whether the answer...

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So Ontario Teachers Are Terrorists Now?

(62) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 8:22 AM

Apparently, we're at war.

On January 3, 2013, Ontario's Liberal government imposed a contract on its teachers under Bill 115. Teachers had been asking to participate in the process of collectively bargaining the Provincial framework for their new contract. The then-leadership said no: bargaining could only take place at...

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You Wouldn't Work Extra Hours for No Pay, Why Should Teachers?

(249) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 8:06 AM

I have a new colleague. He's in his early thirties and recently left a position in the private sector -- a position with vastly superior compensation, flexibility, and benefits -- for the classroom, a place where he can use his unique and formidable talent and sense of humour to do...

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Ontario Is Cheating Our Children

(142) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 8:00 AM

The details of Bill 115, Ontario's ironically named Putting Students First Act, have not been adequately explained to the public. The missing facts about this legislation follow.

Pay Freeze
When teachers' contracts come up for collective bargaining -- usually every four years -- the salary grid is updated...

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