Canada Education

Why Learning Outside in Nature Is Good for Teachers and Students

David Suzuki | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Despite all the benefits for students and educators, moving classes outdoors can be daunting. Teachers cite a host of barriers, from parental concerns to lack of time, confidence and support from administration. So how can a teacher ease in (or jump right in) to teaching outside?

STEM: It's a "Girl Thing," Too

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

Women make up over half of the world's population but only a third of engineering jobs across the globe are held by women. I believe this problem, like many others, is significantly centered on mindset and perceptions.

Why American Universities Are So Alluring To Asian Students

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The number of foreign students has doubled since even 2000. Some 265,000 go to Canada, over 200,000 to Australia, and more than 420,000 to the UK. While the American empire may be in decline, its universities still hold a great allure for the youth of the world for their academic leadership, freedom to explore and create and share, and their inviting and equitable atmosphere.

Want Good Students? Pay Teachers For Them, Says Fraser Institute

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study out of the Fraser Institute contends that financial bonuses and other incentives for teachers should be based on student achieve...

How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

September 8 is International Literacy Day, marked with events in schools and communities around the world, and highlighted by a United Nations celebration and conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Despite the promising gains of the UN's worldwide "Literacy as Freedom" decade that ended in 2012, more than 770 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write.

The Schools Keeping First Nations Kids From Turning into "Phantoms"

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the small First Nations community of Moricetown, in central B.C., teens haunt the convenience stores and gas bars, their lives adrift. Locals call them "phantoms." Cain Michell, then 14, was one of them. His life changed when Moricetown teachers Tom and Lorna Butz came knocking in 2012,

Why Post Secondary Students Must Protect Their Credit Score

Melissa Jarman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada
Melissa Jarman

The credit mistakes that students make today can affect them for years to come, so as parents, it is our job to ensure we teach them about responsible credit use. Our kids often look to us for financial advice and guidance but many parents don't fully understand how to build and maintain a good credit score either.

Educators Need to Embrace Change

Malkin Dare | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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?

Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

Dear Parents, Teachers Are Anxious About the End of Summer Too

Lori Gard | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

When you place your precious loved one on the bus in the morning or drop them off at our classroom doors, we want you to know, parents: we do not take this responsibility we've been given lightly. And might I add, when those dear ones are returned to you again, when those precious children arrive home at the end of the day, we won't stop caring.

Women With Multiple Chronic Conditions Are Screened Less Often for Breast Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

Why Does Canada's Government Punish Working Students?

Travis Gordon | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Business
Travis Gordon

As students prepare to head back to school next week, most people can imagine that they will be focused on studying and writing papers. However, today's students also face a new reality during the academic year: work. Currently, federal student loan policy actually punishes students, should they work 'too much'.

Skip the Back-to-School Gadgets and Invest in Your Kid's Future

Peter Lewis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Lewis

Yes, folks, back-to-school season is here. And with it comes a frenzy of shopping. This year, however, may be a little bit different. Almost half of Canadian parents say they expect to spend less than $200 on back-to-school items, with one-third of moms saying they plan to spend less than $100. So where are parents' priorities shifting to? Their children's future.

Teachers Are Preparing Their Classrooms and Their Minds for Back-to-School

Lori Gard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

While I clean shelves and wipe down cupboards, readying things for those little bodies and minds, I ready my own mind. Clean out the cobwebs, so to speak. I need my head to be in the game, need my thoughts to be organized. Need my mind to be clear. For when all is said and done, it's not the classroom that houses the potential and possibility to make this year the best one ever for my incoming class: it's me.

All Kids Should Have the Same Opportunities In Education

Malkin Dare | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
Malkin Dare

Children's futures are too important a matter to be decided by ideological battles. As a matter of social justice -- an urgent matter of social justice -- we need policies that will help disadvantaged children. That should be an objective whether you're right-wing, left-wing, or even Martian.

Why Should Gender Matter When It Comes To Human Rights?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png A female in my nation may state education as the most important right for her, but others may feel the right to clean drinking water, basic healthcare, or freedom from torture more pressing. The fact of the matter is that human rights are all important. All of them must be fought for, and, once gained, must be retained.

When Menstruation Is a Dirty Word, Girls Lose Out

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

It won't surprise you to hear that women are among the world's most vulnerable populations. But it might surprise you to learn that one of the most difficult parts about being a woman is also one of the most natural: menstruation. A girl's transition into womanhood is often marked by the beginning of her menstrual cycle, an occasion that is celebrated in many cultures as an important rite of passage. But in many parts of East Africa, it marks the beginning of a lifetime of discomfort, embarrassing health problems, and even harassment. It marks the beginning of schoolyard bullying, missed days of school, and the start of a lifetime viewed as a sexual object.

Is This On Your Back-To-School 'To Do' List?

Lori Gard | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Be kind to yourself -- don't hold yourself to ridiculous standards. Try not to stress about the little things that no one will remember anyway. Get more rest. Go for walks. Exercise. Recharge. And although it might be unreasonable to ask that you leave your work troubles at your desk, try not to become a slave to your work.

How G(irls)20 Hopes to End 'No Girls Allowed' In Classrooms

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

As schools start to fill up this fall, let us not forget about all the young women and girls who will not be sitting in a classroom of their own. Especially those girls who are denied education, forced into marriage at an early age, or simply deprived of educational resources.

We're Already Living in the Future

Cathy Elliott | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada
Cathy Elliott

Escape From an Inhospitable Planet As a kid in high school, I was the one who was called out by other girls and beaten up by the boys in the school ya...

A Teacher's 5 Wishes for the Upcoming School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As a teacher, this time of the year is one where my mind drifts to 'what ifs' and 'how abouts'. Summer is the time of year when teachers are finally afforded the time in which to breathe, take stock and think about what is yet to come. So while I am not ready to cash in on summer yet, here are five wishes I have for the upcoming school year, set to start in a few short weeks.

Why I Drove My 16-Year-Old Daughter Halfway Across Canada

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

She would get a quality education in any of these places, to be sure. And she would learn about navigating life independent of her parents, whether she is in residence in Hamilton or Kingston or Fredericton. But would she experience a new culture in Kitchener-Waterloo? Would life be so much different in Eastern Ontario than it is here in Niagara?

Malala's Father Is Also a Hero

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Malala Yousafzai has recovered to become a crusader for universal education. Less often do we hear about Ziauddin -- or "Zia", as he is affectionately known -- who was the family's first crusader. He is his daughter's greatest champion and confidant.

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 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

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.