Canada Education

Leaving No Doubt About Grad School

The Reply | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

The debate surrounding whether to seek higher education post-bachelor's versus gaining workplace experience is common amongst millennials. Whatever direction you choose, becoming confident in your decision is a key part of the journey.

Canada Pledges $130M For Education Abroad

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The Canadian government has promised $130 million for child-education projects abroad, including help for young refugees displaced by the...

Dear Politician (Who Was Not Challenged in School)

Lori Gard | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Lori Gard

Dear Politician, It's election time again. I did hear your address to a large group of parents at a Home and School forum recently. And I happened ...

The Unique Law School Coming Soon to Happy-Centric Bhutan

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In February, the king of Bhutan signed the royal charter for a school of law -- the very first in this tiny Asian nation. This law school will be unique. It will experiment with new methods for training lawyers that engage them in the country's drive for greater prosperity through happiness.

The Real Autism Crisis Is in Our Classrooms

Julie M Green | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Julie M Green

Inclusion is held up as the ideal learning environment, and rightly so. Successful integration is possible, yet it doesn't magically happen when you throw a child with high-functioning autism into a class of 20+ children, cross your fingers and hope for the best. In many cases, though, in schools across the country, this is exactly what is being passed off as inclusion.

Why Arts and Sciences Truly Need One Another

Amy Leask | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

What's with the divide between arts and sciences? Has it always been the case? Historically, no. Google the word "polymath," and you'll find a whole lot of thinkers whose ability to think both creatively and technically not only made them interesting, but also more successful. I'm not alone in thinking that this great divide has done us a great disservice.

Speaking Up for Ontario's New Curriculum

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

Talking about consent from a very early age is about giving children and youth choices and reminding them every day that their body belongs to them; that they are in charge of what happens with/to their own bodies. Sexual health doesn't happen in a vacuum and it's about more than the birds and the bees. The well-researched and evidence-based curriculum that is being introduced broadens a narrow definition of health and to us it's a positive step forward.

Sour Note In U of T Music Program

Andrew Robinson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada
Andrew Robinson

A few days ago, this email popped into my mailbox. I have reproduced it in its entirety here, but I have withheld the name of the student. Hi Andrew...

Legislators Shouldn't Decide What's Best for Children, Parents Should

Derek James From | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Derek James From

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that Loyola High School, a private Catholic high school for boys in Quebec, should be permitted to teach a portion of the province's mandated Ethics and Religious Culture course from a Catholic perspective. Compelling parents to do to their children that which they deeply oppose is immoral, even if most of us believe that the state's goals are wise and right.

This International Women's Day, Remember the Great Female Thinkers

Amy Leask | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, I wanted to share a handful of female thinkers who are sometimes overlooked, but who contributed in meaningful ways.

Why Education Matters So Much to Girls

Karen L. Jurjevich | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Karen L. Jurjevich

"If you are not educated, you are nothing." This terse statement comes from a young girl in Zambia, who was an appreciative beneficiary of the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) program. While I can't agree with the extreme nature of the conclusion, this girl's statement illustrates the power of education, particularly for females.

Ontario's Sex Ed Changes Made the PCs Look Foolish

John Laforet | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

The provincial government announced it's introducing its proposed sex education changes. As expected opponents pounced, including Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton. He gave Wynne the moment she needed to not only change the channel on her Sudbury scandal, but also to get the upper hand on the curriculum changes. There just aren't enough Ontarians looking to fight over sex education or who want to stand with folks who are actually homophobic or genuinely believe evolution should not be taught if people don't want it taught. They need to clear those last two issues up, very quickly and clearly.

5 Myths And Facts About Ontario's Updated Sex Education Curriculum

Karyn Pickles | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Living
Karyn Pickles

Unfortunately, misconceptions and misinformation about this curriculum are continuing to make their way around the Internet, mostly because people seem bound and determined to willfully ignore the actual facts before forming an opinion. So today I'm going to address the most common myths about the new curriculum.

The Truth About Auschwitz

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Catherine Chatterley

The Antisemitism Institute I direct in Canada received several inquiries about the accuracy of an article published under the provocative title Ukrain...

Strip Searching a Quebec Student Violated Her Rights

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Last week, a teenage girl who was suspected of harboring drugs while in her Quebec school was taken by her female principal and vice-principal to a room where she was ordered to remove ALL of her clothing, including her underwear. I am continually struck by the notion entertained by certain people, including rather a lot of school administrators, that young people are not rights-holders.

A Tale of Education in Two Cities

Malkin Dare | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

A few months ago, we released a study showing that for at least ten years Edmonton students have consistently and significantly outperformed Calgary students, and furthermore the gap gets larger the longer the students are in school. There is no reason why every city can't get the same great results as Edmonton.

Why It's Important That Laws Can and Do Change

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Our classes often look at cases and circumstances where a decision must be made about what happens to people's bodies, and indeed, to their lives. Do students who do not yet have the right to vote care about such issues? My experience is that they care deeply and passionately. They are profoundly interested in fairness and justice -- and they are waiting for us to listen.

Ontario Colleges Are Taking Action Against Sexual Assault

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Linda A. Franklin

Ensuring our campuses provide a safe and welcoming environment to all students is a priority for everyone at Ontario's public colleges. In cases where sexual assaults do occur, we want to ensure that immediate and effective help is available to victims.

What Makes Teachers Great? We Care

Lori Gard | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I am not talking about setting a bar for best using either personality or teaching style as criteria. What I am maintaining here is that bringing your BEST SELF to work means bringing the self that cares.

To Make Canadians Healthier We Need the Law

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

A recent study in 43 countries concluded that children in schools where tobacco-free policies were firmly enforced were much less likely to smoke. However, anti-smoking lessons in classrooms had little impact on smoking rates. Not a surprise. Educational campaigns seeking to change people's behaviour regarding consumption are notoriously unsuccessful, by themselves, whether in terms of tobacco, alcohol, gambling, drugs, or non-nutritious eating. The claims of education can sometimes be pretty grand.

Why Ontario Needs Stand-Alone Nursing Degrees

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada
Linda A. Franklin

Ontario's colleges have issued a report, Opening Doors to Nursing Degrees: Time for Action, which urges the provincial government to allow interested colleges to offer their own stand-alone nursing degree programs. There are a number of compelling reasons why the province should do this.

What Obama Can Teach Ontario About College

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 03.21.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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.