Canada Education

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?

Almost No One From My Son's Class Came to His Birthday Party and it Broke My Heart

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

"It is with sadness that we will have to decline the birthday party invitation for your son," one mother wrote me, "as such short notice was given." I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Again. You see, my son Casey has autism, and I had been busily planning all the arrangements for his seventh birthday party for weeks. I wanted to tell her, in earnest, that I had tried, I really tried, to get it right this time.

A Unique Pen Pal Project Brings the Yemen Conflict Home for Ontario Students

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As part of a modern-day pen pal project for kids at North Ward Public School in Paris, Ont., students are corresponding with an aid worker and peace activists in Yemen. These young Canadians -- who have never known war first-hand -- now understand the far-off conflict better than their parents and many other adults. And they're bringing solace to people beleaguered by violence.

We Are Not Protecting Our Children by Shielding Them From the Realities of Sex

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Danielle S. McLaughlin

The new Ontario health and physical education curriculum, which has been the topic of much anger and debate, has the health and safety of all of our children as one of its primary goals. While I agree that children are in need of protection, I would like someone to explain how refusing to educate children could in any way protect them. Certain adults are keeping their children home to protest the new curriculum that will be introduced this coming fall. What will happen if we divide our students into two groups -- those who receive sex education and those who are being "protected" from it?

What 20 Years Has Taught Us: Empowering People to Be Changemakers

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When we help, the patient become the doctor, the student become the teacher, the troubled youth become the counsellor -- when the helped becomes the helper -- the impact multiplies by orders of magnitude. It's the difference between giving youth a seedling to plant, and empowering them to lead their community in growing forest.

Without Better Public Services, the Middle East and North Africa Will Continue to Suffer

Bessma Momani | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Bessma Momani

With recurring outbreak of conflict or violence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, focusing on implementing essential services may seem like a secondary concern. Conversely, the low-quality services may be the root of the problem. Poor state performance is exacerbating tensions in society, deepening mistrust and discouraging citizens from engaging with the state. Public institutions that deliver essential social services are not responsive to citizens' needs, leaving citizens to abandon the system and seek alternative means.

A Letter of Thanks From Parents to Teachers

Lori Gard | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear teachers, Quite honestly, we can hardly believe the school year is quickly coming to a close. But we also realize that this last mile toward the finish line is a treacherous one. This is the reality of the work you teachers do. Believe us: your acts of kindness do not fall by the wayside unnoticed.

The Class of 2030 Should Start Using These 5 Tech Tools Now

Martha Turner | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Martha Turner

Much like the landscape of careers Canadians' perceptions of the classroom is changing. What tools should our children start using to better prepare them for the classroom for the future? Based on what we've seen these are the top five tech trends preschool children will begin adopting to better prepare them for the future of learning.

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 05.27.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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 05.07.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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.