Education Reform

Responsible Citizenship Should Be A Mandatory Part Of Education

Erol Vekil | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Erol Vekil

We need to cultivate generations of young adults who have been educated through an unbiased curriculum that has helped them understand how the world works today, and how it actually should when they take on their roles as global citizens.

Breaking The Cycle Of Canadian Mediocrity

Jeffrey Overall | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeffrey Overall

Canada recently won the World Cup of Hockey, solidifying our hockey supremacy. However, outside of Canada, no one really cares about hockey. What's worse is that we are far from dominant on many important international metrics.

Surviving The Freshman Year

Graham Baldwin | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada
Graham Baldwin

'Ithaca is gorges,' proclaim both the t-shirts found throughout New York State and the first words of the Ithaca tourism website. Ithaca is also the h...

Ways To Pay For Your Kid's Expensive Tuition

Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living

School is expensive. Here are ways you can pay for it from the AOL Partner Studio.

GMO Propaganda Has No Place In Your Child's Classroom

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Parent

Informed insight and open minds are key to education, but there are forces in modern society that seek to create narrow, one-dimensional mindsets and thinking. And this affects us all, including educators. For example, extremely well-funded PR machines are working behind the scenes with agritech/chemical companies and food manufacturers to develop effective techniques, educational material and TV advertising to get kids hooked on harmful food and to misrepresent certain issues.

How Millennial Attitudes Will Shape The Future Of Education

Vikram Somasundaram | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Vikram Somasundaram

Millennials are now the largest generation in the Canadian workforce, and within the next few years will begin to get real responsibility and influence in shaping our country's future. With the school year now behind us, it's a great time to think about what the future holds for education in Canada and how millennial attitudes will shape this future.

What Are You Going To Do With A History Degree?

Maija Leivo | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Maija Leivo

It was a question that many of us were asked repeatedly during university, at family functions, hanging out at the pub or making small talk during tra...

Embracing The Benefits Of Holistic Education

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada
Misha Abarbanel

"The world only spins forward," wrote Tony Kushner. Schools, on the other hand, too often only spin. Or they get stuck altogether. When they do, blame...

Kids Need Real Problems to Solve to Spur Creativity

Kourosh Houshmand | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Kourosh Houshmand

Give students real problems with real stakes that their communities face. If they are not creative, there have to be stakes to lose. Give them something to engage with that's worth their time and creative capacities.

This Holiday Season, Remember That We Are All Connected

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

If our individual and collective decisions, whether political, social, or economic, were based on this fact, we would be living in a far different world -- one where consumption was not cancerous, one without poverty or pollution, one where peace was more than a pipe dream.

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

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

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?

Still Wondering if Technology Will Change Education Proves We're Already Too Far Behind

Justin Beach | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Justin Beach

There is a great deal of debate about whether or not technology will revolutionize education. To me the debate itself points out a problem. With the number of free and low-cost educational resources that technology has made available it should have, at least to an extent. The fact that it hasn't points to a problem with the system overall. If we want to get the most out of our schools, the education system should be designed exclusively for children and for the world in which we currently live.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

Ontario Could Save Up To $1.9 Billion Each Year By Doing This

Jason Clemens | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jason Clemens

Understanding Ontario's financial woes is critical to understanding the need for real change. The province has been in deficit since 2008-09, accumulating more than $61 billion in debt. In 2013-14, the deficit was $11.3 billion. The province's debt now stands at almost $270 billion; it was just $130 billion at the start of the 2000s.

Educators Need to Embrace Change

Malkin Dare | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

For many years there was no educational Louis Pasteur for reformers to rally round, and so educators have been able to cling to their unfortunate philosophies. This is no longer the case. Unfortunately, many education leaders are ignoring these new findings. Why is that?

The Dangers of a Widening Gulf Between Your Heart and Mind

Elan Divon | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Learning is not just about retaining knowledge, it's about understanding how to relate that knowledge to other people in a meaningful way. And you can't do that if you are distracted, stressed or lack emotional intelligence.

Canada, Let Florida Educate You

Diane Francis | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

In Canada, organizations like the Society for Quality Education have been fighting for improvements. But Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have resisted efforts by them and others to return to traditional methods of teaching mathematics despite the fact that Canadian students are falling behind, according to OECD global results in 65 nations.

Why Your Children Don't Need to Hear 'Because I Said So'

Brett Caron | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

It's 1992, and you're six years old. You're in a classroom that hasn't changed much since your parents sat there (despite the welcome lack of nuns in ...

How Post-Secondary Education Is Failing

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

The current post-secondary education system is failing not only the new economic paradigm but those individuals who are searching for how to acquire the knowledge to effectively compete in today's economy. How is the current post-secondary education system failing? Here are the numerous reasons.

Why Canadian Schools Should Take a Lesson From Florida

Malkin Dare | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada
Malkin Dare

Governor Bush was well aware that he was taking a big political risk in championing such big, bold changes, but he was willing to take this risk for the sake of the children. And, as it happened, Governor Bush's risk paid off handsomely -- both in terms of his own popularity at the polls and also in terms of student success.

The Formula for Fixing Canada's Math Curriculum

Malkin Dare | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Malkin Dare

Parents are really fed up. They are sick of paying for Kumon, sick of struggling with ridiculous homework assignments and nutty textbooks, and -- most of all -- tired of seeing doors slammed in their children's faces because they can't do math. In Ontario, an election is coming soon. It's time to make a change.

Be a Resolutionary -- and Help Your Kid Be One Too

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

I like to call us resolutionaries. We are the people who have the best intentions and make great plans for the year to come. We will quit our bad habits and develop new and healthy ones. Today, we are sending our children back to school for the first week of 2014. Let's make a resolution to help them develop healthy habits -- and stick to those new habits.

Doing Away With the Honour Roll and Awards System in Schools is Absurd

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Stephanie Knaak

Somewhere along the way, we've adopted some goofy misguided idea that children's psyches are inherently, staggeringly fragile, prone to devastating and irreversible damage from any number of relatively benign phenomena -- like honour rolls, sporting activities where only the winning team gets a trophy, or track and field days with actual competition (oh, the horror!).

How Technology Is Disrupting Learning

Paul Barter | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada
Paul Barter

Remember a company called Blockbuster? What about Sam the Record Man? Think of those companies and what became of them and their industries in the digital world. Now turn your thoughts to learning. Digital technologies are disrupting it in the same way that they disrupted Blockbuster.

The Best Way to Grow the Economy? Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Business
John M. Eger

Importantly, Canada and nations like America have entered a new phase in which promoting creativity and innovation represent the only option for boosting global competitiveness. Canada or any country desirous of succeeding in an interconnected world must aggressively adopt the idea that creativity is the single most important ingredient to reinventing itself.