Canada Education

What Obama Can Teach Ontario About College

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Living
Linda A. Franklin

The Obama administration's proposal to offer free tuition to community college students for two years has ignited a discussion about the benefits of a college education. Canada is well aware of the important role that colleges play in improving post-secondary attainment rates. But there is much more to be done. Free tuition may not be the answer in this country but Canada definitely needs to do more to make college education a priority.

We Must Teach Kids That Free Speech Has More Than One Side

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

So much has been written about the cartoons published in the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. But should main stream print media re-publish them? What if children see the images? What then? Or, alternatively, should we actively show them to our children? If we want our children to live in a democratic society, we had better teach them that freedom of expression has two ends to it.

Three Things We Can Do to End Poverty in Canada

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

"Time to end poverty in Canada" has been the message from the Salvation Army coming across our TV screens this holiday season. A great idea from an organization that fights poverty every day in our country -- but is it realistic? Yes, it is. Poverty doesn't just cost the poor their dignity and a reasonable standard of living, it costs us all.

My New Year's Resolution: Turn Our Children Into Better Thinkers

Amy Leask | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

In the next few days, like many, I'll resolve to eat better, sleep more, exercise more, swear less, spend less, and keep the garage neat and tidy. I'll probably find these resolutions hard to uphold. There is, however, a promise I make every year, one that I work very hard at keeping. On January first, and on the 364 days that follow: I will resolve to try and help children become better thinkers. The problem isn't a lack of good intentions on our part. The problem is that we sometimes overlook some of the finer points of "good thinking" when teaching it to youngsters.

Press On, Teachers: For When We Need Reminding

Lori Gard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I remind myself that as a teacher, I need to give myself permission to be a human. To make mistakes. To feel pain. To be a real live person with ISSUES and STRUGGLES and HEARTACHES and SORROW. We as teachers don't completely check our lives at the door when we come to school.

Why Children Overseas May Not Have Been "Good" This Year

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's true that most governments in developing countries provide education for children. And there's no doubt that millions of children overseas are intelligent, hard-working and yearning to succeed. But let's consider the many challenges which children in the world's poorest regions face when trying to attend school.

How Menstrual Cups Are Changing Lives in East Africa

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

In Kenya, the average cost of a package of sanitary pads is 75KSH -- approximately $1 CAD. While this may seem like a minimal amount of money, the average daily income for unskilled labourers is around $1.50 CAD. Providing access to healthy and sustainable menstrual management materials allows women to stay safe, and healthy, and does not sacrifice her ability to participate in work, school or daily activities.

This Historic Agreement Is a Giant Leap Forward For Ontario Colleges

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Linda A. Franklin

In other words, the student won't have to repeat any of those first-year courses. Similarly, a student who transfers at the end of the second year will have the student's first two years of credits fully recognized. This will eliminate duplication and cut costs for business students who transfer to another college within Ontario.

How Football Helped One Woman Reach Her Dreams

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Dana Marie Krook

Although for Taylor, football seems to be about fun, fitness and friends, she is building potential inside herself, as well as creating an example for other girls about what is possible when you go after what you want. Perhaps she doesn't see that just yet. But I think she will.

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.

'Sherlock' Prentice: Grand Master Politician?

Todd Herron | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Alberta
Todd Herron

I think the big win is that Prentice has shifted everyone's focus away from an unproductive and damaging debate to something far more important: creating an education system that is a genuinely "welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment". He doesn't want the hostility of the gay/anti-gay debate the adults are having to filter down to the children, where it has already caused real and tragic harm.

Why Did This Ottawa School Principal Stop Kids From Discussing Equality and Gay Rights?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Seventy per cent of students hear, "That's so gay" every day in school; 48 per cent reported hearing words like "faggot" or "dyke" every day; 58 per cent of straight students reported that they find homophobic comments upsetting; 64 per cent of LGBTQ students and 61 per cent of students with LGBTQ parents reported that they felt unsafe in school.

Why Kids Today Need Nature Literacy

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

I worry a lot about how we don't understand nature anymore. Now I'm not talking about the value of nature or the importance of conservation. That worries me too, but what I'm talking about is the basic understanding of the plants and animals that co-exist with us. I'll call this nature literacy.

Makes Me Wonder: Nature Firsts

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

I have a lot of faith in curiosity and wonder, believing in their ability to inspire across disciplines and across all ages. When it comes to the na...

5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada, with the incidence of colorectal cancer in Ontario one of the highest globally. Sobering statistics. What can you do to reduce your risk?

Dear Teacher, Thank You for Taking the Time to Really See Me

Lori Gard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear Teacher: You called after me today. I was frustrated. Angry. Tired and lonely. And I didn't want to hear someone tell me for the bazillionth time all that I had done wrong. Tell me how I had been a bully. A bad boy. The truth is: I know. I know I am a bully. I have a hard time making friends because I'm different. But you took the time.

The Gift of Radio for Children Facing Ebola

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I feel so encouraged that radio is providing comfort to children in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. In partnership with the country's government, World Vision is helping children continue their schooling by broadcasting educational programs for kids hunkered down at home.

Students Need an Education on Their Own Credit Scores

Ashley Redmond | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Business
Ashley Redmond

It's time for students to take control of their finances, and the first step in doing that is becoming more knowledgeable. Melissa Jarman, director of student banking at RBC, says there's a lot of work that needs to be done to improve financial knowledge.

'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.

Canada Needs a Grade A School System

Malkin Dare | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

First, the PISA standing of Canadian students has been dropping over the years, both in terms of raw scores, and also in terms of comparative scores. Our students are getting lower marks than they did in the past -- at a time when a number of other countries are dramatically improving their scores and rocketing past Canada.

The Problem with School: We Only Teach the Mind

Lori Gard | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I think most would agree that these are worthwhile endeavours for learning, both in the kindergarten classroom and beyond. Yes, literacy proper and numeracy proper are valued here, but these ideals are not everything we believe is important for learning.

We Can Create New Realities for Girls

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In a new global report conducted by Plan entitled Hear Our Voices, we spoke with more than 7,000 adolescent girls and boys from 11 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. We wanted to learn more about what issues and concerns adolescent girls faced and how boys felt about those issues too.

Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey's fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned that it could trigger one of her seizures. I was overcome with pride and appreciation for the caring, supportive community we have created in partnership with the school administration.

Why Do Schools Implement These Ridiculous Rules?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

A rule that has an unclear or ridiculous purpose is, on its face, unfair. A rule that cannot possibly achieve its purpose is pointless. A rule that has more negative than positive effects is unfair and undemocratic. Discipline or punishment that does not address the behaviour it purports to correct is tyrannical.

International Day of the Girl Child Is About Empowering Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

On October 11, 2014, the world will celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. Adolescent girls are among the world's most vulnerable populations, and face a slew of unique and very real challenges. The international community needs to recognize that an empowered woman is the most effective catalyst for sustainable change, and it starts when they are teenagers. Protecting young women from violence increases their odds of completing school, and pursuing a successful and meaningful career!