Canada Education

The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

People learn, but over the years I've noticed they try to keep the actual act of it to themselves. Maybe it's somewhat of a "macho" thing to do; state something new as if you've always known it, trying to convince others you're a repository of the world's knowledge, any point of which you can summon on a millisecond's notice.

How to Make the World a Better Place

G(irls)20 | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png "The little girl wants to tell you something else. Please don't forget them. Please help them live in freedom." That urgent message, delivered by a translator as I was leaving a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, came from a 13-year-old Afghan girl.

Breaking the Silence on South Sudan

Patricia Erb | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Headlines and news stories keep us updated on the sometimes harsh truths around the world. While we are disturbed by the increasingly horrific situation in Iraq and the ensuing displacement of millions of Syrian refugees, another serious humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in South Sudan in near silence.

Bringing Sex Education to the Stage

University of Toronto News | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today's youth, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health has a slightly different stance. Shira Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the School's Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, is taking to the stage to educate young adults about sex.

We Can't Get Jobs - Are We Going to Be OK?

Katie Boland | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

My friend is a few years older than me, has two degrees and has been published in almost every major Toronto paper. She is an incredibly talented screenwriter and filmmaker. She is well connected and well liked. I would argue that she knows how to get a job. She just can't.

Post-Secondary Education Also Means Learning Outside the Classroom

Melissa Jarman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Melissa Jarman

One of the most fundamental aspects of a well-rounded post-secondary education is getting some life experience outside of the classroom. This past May, five deserving post-secondary students from across Canada travelled to Kenya to volunteer with Me to We.

'Alarming Slide' In National Education Quality

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new report urges Ottawa to work with the provinces and industry to put a stop to what it calls an alarming slide in the quality of Canada's...

B.C. Education Is Best In Canada: Report

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Despite the turmoil between B.C. teachers and the provincial government, a new report has ranked B.C.'s education system as the best in Canada. Ont...

How To Keep Your Kids Writing and Thinking This Summer

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

Don't end the conversation with "Yes, that's sad." There are many things to wonder about together. "I wonder who made the decision for this to happen?" or "Who do you think it hurt by this?" are great ways to keep them thinking. Encourage them to take it further: Some questions you can answer; others you can't. Help your child figure out who would be best to write to.

What I Learned This Week: Comparing Apples and Pears

Andy Nulman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

The relationship between information and learning can be likened to the ingredients of a recipe. While alone they may be very delicious, only when used in the proper combination and via the optimum process do they culminate into a complete dish that can be considered gourmet.

Hudak Ignores Economics 101

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Conservative platform is off the economic track as it invokes analogies and comparisons that defy the economic fundamentals. Ontarians on June 12 have to vote on their future. They can choose to invest in Ontario's education, health, and infrastructure. Alternatively, they can choose to become the victims of false analogies.

New Graduates Must Help Fix a Broken World

Don Tapscott | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada
Don Tapscott

You'll need to reinvent your knowledge base often as you go through life. And as graduates from a liberal arts and sciences university, you know that it's not just your knowledge that's important. It's your ability to think, collaborate, solve problems, synthesize and to learn and learn again, again and again.

Size Matters When it Comes to Classroom Numbers, Hudak

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Research in pedagogy shows that children learn much better in smaller classrooms. Tim Hudak, if elected, has promised to increase classroom sizes and the student-teacher ratios. The Ontario elections could very well be a vote on the learning outcomes for millions of school-going children. Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, is campaigning to increase the classroom size by two to three students and the student-teacher ratio, in addition to numerous other proposed cuts to the Ontario's education system. This may require parents to learn more about learning before they vote on June 12.

The Best Reason to Vote in the Ontario Election

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If you can't be bothered to pay attention and have decided that your vote won't matter anyway, you may unconsciously be setting an example that your children will follow. If we want to live in a viable democracy, we have to be willing to think critically and to take some risks.

Dear Teacher Who Wants to Quit

Lori Gard | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Sorry too that I must start first with regret. What a poor way to begin. Bu you are leaving teaching. And a void has already been left in the wake of this momentous decision. I feel that void. And sorrow too; for when decisions like this are to be made, it is grievous. It is hard.

How to Budget For University

Melissa Jarman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Business
Melissa Jarman

By now, most students planning to start college or university in the fall are beginning to think seriously about what needs to be done before their classes start. So how do we help students prepare for the coming year? A good starting point would be by taking some time now to review and discuss the following questions.

Alberta's $2 Billion Plan For Building Schools

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's top infrastructure bureaucrat says the province still plans to build 50 new schools by the spring of 2016, even though no ground ...

Why It's Good to Have Arguments With Children

Amy Leask | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

While it's true that young people do need the guidance and direction authority figures provide, they also deserve to have people in charge who think rationally and are willing to explain themselves. If we're going to teach our children not to trust just anyone, we need to give them good reason to trust us.

B.C. Teachers, School Boards Need Counselling Because They Sure Can't Get A DIvorce

Adam Olsen | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

Let's focus on an arbitrated contract that will get us through the next two to three years, but keep the mediator around for that period and require all three parties continue meeting until they can reconcile their differences and drastically improve the quality of their negotiations.

How One Woman Tackled Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In a developing community, a child willingly skipping class is nigh unthinkable; education is a resource more precious than gold. So when the students filed in to see Khady's empty seat, it was a gaping void that could not be ignored. The 12-year-old had been pulled from school by her father. She was to be married the next day.

Ontario's Math Scores Are Down, So Creating STEM Jobs Doesn't Add Up

Malkin Dare | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Malkin Dare

In Ontario, an election is underway, and the Progressive Conservative Party is promising to create one million new jobs over the next eight years. Chances are, a lot of these new jobs will be in the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering, and math). But already Ontario doesn't have enough citizens with the ability to do these STEM sector jobs! Virtually all of the occupations experiencing skill shortages require math proficiency. Unfortunately, very few Ontario citizens are very good at math. Even more worrisome, the math scores of Ontario students have been dropping for the past five years.

The First Nations Education Act Is Just a Pretty Face

Chief Shining Turtle | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Chief Shining Turtle

I know that many Canadians are confused about why aboriginal communities are reacting so passionately about Bill C-33, the federal government's so-called First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. I would like to help others understand, by explaining why I am opposed to it. First of all, it doesn't help that the name of the Act is completely misleading. The federal government wants you to believe that the proposed Act promotes First Nations control of First Nations education. But, in fact, it does nothing of the sort. It does in fact do the opposite.

5 Ways To Ensure Our Kids Graduate

Lucy Miller | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

Last week, the Alberta government announced school completion rates are on the rise province-wide. It's great news - and now we have an opportunity to build on this success.

The Liberals and the NDP Are Undermining the Left

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Misha Abarbanel

Scandals happen to all governments at all levels, and I might speculate that the only reason the NDP hasn't been implicated in something deemed a scandal recently is that the last time they were elected Provincially was in 1990. They've never been elected federally. Jumping on other parties' scandals, as Ms. Horwath has, is a convenient way to avoid offering substantive policy alternatives and maintain the illusion of principled superiority. Scandal obsession dominates political discourse and freezes our governing institutions in wasteful bickering until the next scandal.

Want to Live Longer? Move to a City

Jon Packer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

As warmer spring weather finally arrives, many of us long for the great outdoors with walks, bike rides and the Holy Grail -- cottage getaways. The notion is that if we could only spend more time out of the city, we'd be both happier and healthier. The reality though is somewhat different.