Canada Education

3 Things You Need to Know About Autism in Canada

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

Many organizations and affected families across the country have been calling for a national autism strategy. The wide range in disparity of publicly funded services for autism across the country has even generated a kind of "medical migration" with several published accounts of families leaving their home provinces (most commonly, Atlantic provinces, Ontario and Quebec) to move to Alberta or British Columbia where autism services are more readily available and/or more flexible. It is also no longer uncommon to find Canadian families using crowdsourcing campaigns to fund their children's autism and related therapies.

How This NGO Is Teaching Girls Taboo Subjects

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Talking about sexual and reproductive health with students is always a little bit awkward, even in the best of situations! Having these discussions within a culture that often considers anything related to reproductive health to be taboo can be particularly challenging -- and incredibly important. In rural Tanzania, such topics are rarely discussed. The national curriculum includes the topics of menstruation and reproductive health, but these topics are frequently rushed through, or skipped altogether, by uncomfortable teachers in underfunded, overcrowded schools.

What Ontario's Teachers Really Want

Lori Gard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Teachers should ideally be called into this profession -- a calling of the heart. One that serves to inspire, motivate, encourage and arouse within young people the seed for greatness. Teachers talk about choosing this profession because we want to make a difference in someone's life. We want to be known as the catalyst for someone elses' greatness. We believe that we truly are the wind beneath our students' wings. We even desire to see our students surpass our wildest expectations.

5 Money Lessons to Teach Your Kids

David Lester | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Parents
David Lester

These five lessons made me a personal finance expert and provided the foundation for an awesome life. Money is a fuel for all the things that you want to be do in life and being smart with it makes things easier. Get your kids to understand and love money as soon as you can. Hard work and mastering money will take them the distance.

How to Make the Most of the Universal Child Care Benefit

Peter Lewis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Peter Lewis

Many Canadian families will find they have a bit more money in their pockets this month thanks to the increase in the Universal Child Care Benefit. This will be a pleasant boost to many families' bottom lines! As a dad, I get that there are a myriad of enticing ways to use that money.

You Should Take Fun Seriously

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

Although we have more leisure time in our lives, we are having less fun. We could reap the benefits throughout our lives if we would give ourselves permission to indulge in some childlike fun. Realizing that I might not have been taking fun seriously, I'm committed to now share freely my own particular brand of fun without hesitation with anyone who asks.

School May Stop for Summer But Learning Never Should

Malkin Dare | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

So far, two weeks of summer have passed, and another seven weeks of summer stretch ahead -- an endless expanse of aching boredom for parents and kids OR a shining opportunity for fun and learning? Here are some tips for parents who choose the latter option.

Parents Want the RESP Grant to Remain in Alberta

Peter Lewis | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
Peter Lewis

Although it's not too surprising, it certainly is disappointing to see the new NDP government not taking a moment to provide a second sober thought to the planned closure of the Alberta Centennial Education Savings (ACES) grant. The grant gives parents who contribute to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) up to $800 to help fund their education.

Why Parents Should Care About Teacher Cuts to Education

Lori Gard | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Teachers are not just teachers. Teachers are so much more. But until we as people are impacted personally by this caregiving aspect role that describes a true educator, we really don't understand how important it is.

Here's Scientific Proof That Poverty Can Be Inherited

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Children or adolescents from low-income families, whose parents had lower levels of education, were at higher risk of having less well-developed brains than the individuals from middle- or high-income families with better-educated parents. Interestingly, there was little difference between the brains of high- versus average- income individuals.

A Letter to My Son at the End of the School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Blink my eyes, and you are five years old. Blink again and now you're a fine young man waiting to start the final chapter of your last three years at home. Do you know how proud we are of who you are? Proud of who you have been and proud of who you are becoming?

Here's How You Can Become $5,000 Richer

Jagneet Singh | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Business
Jagneet Singh

FACT: 90 Per Cent of the Journey Is Taking the First Step Once you're determined enough to take that initial step towards accomplishing what it is yo...

How This Teacher Made a Difference

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This is the week when we are supposed to say thanks and farewell to our teachers. They and our children now get a well-deserved break from each other. With any luck, we will have a chance to reflect on teaching and learning, before it all starts again in the fall.

7 Tips to Come Out of University Financially Set

David Lester | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

The start of summer is the last time that students want to think about university and their future, but the time is right to start building a plan. With school getting more expensive and good jobs hard to get when you graduate it's crucial to put some strategies in place.

As a Teacher, I'm Not Sorry Your Kids Won't Be Getting Their Report Cards

Cayla Hochberg | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Cayla Hochberg

We teachers have nothing to be sorry about. Despite what the government and school boards say, it's not our fault. It's not our doing. And it's certainly not our choice. Please don't tell me it's because we're asking for more money. Because we're not. Or that we're asking for better benefits. Because we're not. Or even that we're asking for more sick days. Because we're not. The only things we're asking is for is the freedom to use our knowledge as professionals to give your child the best education possible.

Canada Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Early Childhood Development

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole Letourneau

UNICEF recently released a report card ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries on earth. Canada came 17th, placing us in the bottom half of the pack on factors such as child poverty, emotional well-being and life satisfaction. It's time to have a frank conversation about how our country approaches early childhood.

Why Aren't We Trying to Cure Autism?

Jonathan Alderson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Jonathan Alderson

Professionally, talking about curing autism elicits raised eyebrows and contemptuous headshaking. Cure is considered synonymous with false hope. After all, diagnostic manuals confirm that autism is a lifelong disorder with no known cure.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Need Music Education

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Music
Sacha DeVoretz

I love to listen to all kinds of music. Previously I wrote a blog on "The Top Ten Reasons Why The Symphony Is Cool." Recently, I was fortunate eno...

The Way You're Talking To Your Teen About Dress Codes Is All Wrong

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Since teenage brains are literally neurobiologically different from adults, coupled with their fluctuating hormones, the way they process information also differs greatly from how we may process the very same things. This creates a situation where, when told not to wear something deemed inappropriate for that particular environment, while an adult may understand that it is simply a fashion issue within that specific circumstance, a teenager may perceive it on a chemical level as a personal threat to their entire identity and independence. As a result, they can become fiercely protective and hypersensitive to any potential threats made to their autonomy and are more likely to push the limits in response.

The Case For Public School Uniforms

Buzz Bishop | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada
Buzz Bishop

Think about how you stand when you're dressed formally, versus how you may comfortably slouch when wearing sweats or yoga pants. How you look really does affect how you feel, and how you present yourself, and how you perform. So count me in as a dress code fan.

Parents Can Have an Active Role in Their Child's 21st Century Education

Amy Leask | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Amy Leask

Saying that education is changing is kind of an obvious statement. Our kids study subject matter that wasn't even on the menu 20 years ago, they do it in ways that have been previously untried, and they have a brave new world of tech to help them do it. However, the changing role of parents in supporting these new methods of teaching learning tends to get overlooked.

B.C. Needs to Value Parents' Opinions on Public Education

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

B.C.'s Charter for Public Education is a public owned document, which stands as a testament to everything we as a community want and expect from our public school system. It is a document long forgotten somewhere between the never ending war against our public schools, funding cuts and dragged out court cases.

The One Thing You Should Know at Graduation

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

You're supposed to know how to make your parents proud and make a whack of cash, kicking ass and taking numbers along the way. Right? The truth is, you're not supposed to know what the future looks like. Nobody does. Why didn't anybody tell you this? Because it's scary as hell, that's why.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year

Jason Au | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Jason Au

With the end of the school year just around the corner, you might be finding it challenging to keep your children on task for those upcoming final projects and exams. For parents, it can be very difficult to encourage their kids to concentrate on their studies, especially if they're struggling with a certain subject.

Parents Should Protest Against the Math Curriculum Instead of Sex Ed

Malkin Dare | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

While I have some reservations about the fairness and wisdom of ramming the new sex education curriculum down the throats of unwilling parents, I am still scratching my head over the strength of this parental protest. Why are parents more upset about the somewhat-flawed new sex education curriculum than the known-to-be-very-flawed math and language arts curriculum already in place? Nor do the problems with the Ontario curriculum end with math and language arts. What about its music curriculum that doesn't teach kids how to sight read or sing in tune? Why aren't students taught cursive writing?