Education Reform

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

Lizanne Foster | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.

An Africentric School Will Teach the Community Too

Anthony Morgan | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

There are many misconceptions about black Canadians and where they "belong." For this reason, I am a strong supporter of the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) decision to open an Africentric high school for this coming September. What better institution than our public schools to dispel the widely held misconceptions that black people are inherently violent, criminal, loud, aggressive, hyper-sexed, unintelligent and lazy?

Quebecers: Wrong on Tuition, But Not Laissez-Faire

Andrew D'Amours | Posted 05.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew D'Amours

Around two hundred thousand Quebec students were out in the streets of Montreal protesting tuition hikes Thursday. Their claims are unfounded, or at the very least misguided -- but one thing I must concede is how this movement is getting Quebeckers out of their bubble of indifference relating to public affairs.

Understanding Research Funding and Folly in Canada

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

Over time, hiring, promotion and tenure committees have favoured grant writers and grantsmanship over other perhaps more creative and innovative scholars who don't toe the line. There are serious consequences when, as in the current system, you invest in projects and not people.