Canada Education

How Walking To Work Can Help End Child Marriage

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Given the fragile nature of our planet's environment, there are lots of things to think about this Earth Day But this year, I'm thinking about how climate change -- and the droughts that are becoming more frequent and more severe as a result -- is affecting some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.

Reconciliation Is Canada Embracing Its Many Indigenous Languages

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Language trees like Algonquian, Athapaskan and Inuktitut drove their roots into this country millennia before a word of English or French was spoken here. Today, there are more than 60 distinct indigenous languages in Canada. Teaching non-indigenous Canadians would build bridges.

Reconciliation With Indigenous Peoples Requires Action On Education

Roberta Jamieson | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Roberta Jamieson

The statistics are horrendous and unacceptable. Less than 40 per cent of indigenous students who start grade one will graduate from high school. Compare that to the national rate of 87 per cent. The gap in university graduation is even greater. The economic advantages of "closing the gap" far outweigh the costs.

Online Learning: The True Potential Of A Digital Education

Jason Field | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Business
Jason Field

Online learning (also referred to as distance or remote learning) has become a hot topic in the education industry in the last decade, with its proponents touting it as a great way to leverage technology to offer students an accessible learning environment.

80 Years On And Not Enough Has Changed

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Eighty years ago, the Spanish Civil War resulted in a vast displacement and large number of unaccompanied child refugees. It was from the ashes of that crisis that Plan International was created. I am sure John Langdon-Davies, the founder of Plan International, would be heartbroken to know how urgently, in so many parts of the world, our work is still needed.

What We Can Learn From 'Hidden Figures'

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

As we reflect on current events, sociopolitical uncertainty throughout the world seems to have only risen from where it sat at the beginning of the year. Nearly every day brings news of yet another racist, bigotry, or sexist comment from south of the border. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are under serious threat.

There's An End In Sight In The Fight Against Mass Incarceration

Robyn Keystone | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Robyn Keystone

While we may not have the same incarceration numbers, private prisons or overt existence of a prison pipeline, Canada has seen an increase in incarceration over the last decade, and this population continues to be over-represented by black, brown and Latino youth. This highlights a need for open discussion.

Pursuing Inclusive Growth Through Skills And Innovation

Denise Amyot | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Business
Denise Amyot

Skills and innovation -- core elements of the college/institute mandate -- have emerged as absolutely fundamental to the government's agenda. They have been the focus of several consultations and more than a few reports, including a recent series of recommendations by the finance minister's Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

The Middle Class I Grew Up With Is Gone. But We Can Bring It Back

Charlie Angus | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Justin Trudeau is perpetuating a myth about the middle class. In reality, it has devolved into a new working class that is both white collar and blue collar - a world defined by massive levels of student debt, sky-high housing prices and the perpetual cycle of short-term contract work without benefits.

These Are The Lessons You Won't See In Your Child's Report Card

Lori Gard | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Later on this week or month, you will perhaps receive and then open an envelope containing your child's tri-annual report card, an account informing you of their academic progress in school so far this year. But you might find that not everything your child has learned will be part of that running commentary.

Don't Give Up On Truly Smaller Classes For Ontario Students

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Parents
Ingrid Bergman

As a mother and as a teacher, I am saddened that the vast majority of members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario voted to ratify the 2017-2019 extension agreement instead of fighting for truly smaller class sizes.

When Empowering Girls, We Must Include Boys

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Sadly, women still march in the streets for the same fundamental rights men take for granted. In developing communities especially, huge gaps remain in areas like women's education, health and economic opportunity. Overlooking men can actually worsen inequality, according to a 2013 World Bank study that examined two decades of research on gender equity programs.

It's Time For Us To Be Honest About Our Own Mental Health

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Ingrid Bergman

In teachers' college, I had an excellent professor who talked about removing oneself from a situation before it became critically difficult to deal with. I'll call it the 60 per cent rule, although he may have given a different number. Don't wait until you are at 99 per cent of what you can handle, when you are dealing with other people.

How To Find The Time To Learn A New Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

"I just don't have time." This is one of the most common reasons people give for not being able to learn languages. I'm now retired, but I'm still qu...

Ontario Should Learn From Finland's Example On Smaller Class Sizes

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Ingrid Bergman

Currently, the public education system in Ontario seems more focused on looking good to the public than actually being the best it can be for the children. Ontario should look to Finland. They are now doing something right, but they weren't always #1 in education. In the 1970s they made a conscious systemic decision to focus on learning rather than performance.

It's Time For Ontario To Cap All Classrooms At 20 Students

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Ingrid Bergman

I don't want a four per cent raise. I want better learning conditions for our students and better working conditions for us. Most of all, I want to work on regaining the trust of the public again. Ontario has the greatest sub sovereign debt in the world. I don't want to leave that legacy for my own children or for my students.

Kindness Is Learned In School

Lori Gard | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I know from my years spent in public school classrooms and the schoolyard...that tough love can be done in kindness. I learned that consequences can be carried out with kindness. Gentle critique can be conducted with a cushion of kindness. All of this and more. All can be cradled in kindness and compassion and gentleness and love.

What Happened When I Learned To Read My 'Mother Language'

World Vision | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

In my classroom, there were a few precious books available in my local language. Those stories profoundly touched my heart, and I loved reading time at primary school. Children love stories, you see. Stories are the virtual window to their world of fantasy and reality. Children do not want to read just any story book, but story books that are engaging and connecting to their passionate souls.

Why Bill Gates Thinks We Should Tax Robots

Brett Caron | Posted 02.20.2017 | Canada Business
Brett Caron

As the founder of Microsoft, there are few people on the planet who have helped to guide technological progression (at least in the realm of computing) as much as Gates over the course of his 42-year career. The thrust of his argument is this: if robots replace human workers whose pay would otherwise be taxed, why then should the labour of the robots not also be subject to taxation?

To Pay Or Not To Pay Someone To Write My Essay for Me

Gloria Kopp | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Living
Gloria Kopp

Online writing services raise a number of questions about the ethics of buying and submitting a purchased essay, written by someone else. It also raises questions about the amount of pressure placed on students that would cause them to seek out these services to begin with.

Trump's Anti-Immigrant Stance Could Give Canada's Economy An Edge

Jeff Wheeldon | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Business
Jeff Wheeldon

President Trump's vilification of immigrants, including a restriction on their movements in the form of a travel ban for people from seven Muslim-majority nations, leaves many genius researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs feeling unwelcome in the U.S. even if they are allowed in.

An Unreasoning Hate: Discussing Islamophobia With ESL Students

Gloria Kopp | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada
Gloria Kopp

I experienced a very uncomfortable moment with a class of mine, just a few weeks ago. We were discussing race and ethnicity, and I began - as I often...

It Isn't Health Canada's Job To Put A Positive Spin On GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

GMOs have the potential to irreversibly alter the genetic core of the food supply. It is very worrying that Health Canada seems more concerned about jumping on the industry bandwagon by trying to convince the unwilling public about the perceived benefits of GMOs than actually carrying out its own safety studies.

Canada Gets A Poor Grade In Civics Literacy

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Civics means learning about citizenship -- how our nation is governed, and our rights and duties as Canadians. It's a subject we believe is every bit as vital as math or science. Yet, across much of Canada, civics is tucked away in high school history or social studies curriculums.

Should Teachers Bring Their Politics Into The Classroom?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Among the groups that I saw at the Toronto march was a contingent of elementary school teachers. As most people know, the great majority of elementary school teachers everywhere are women. As women, they have experienced more than their fair share of discrimination, pay inequity, and even violence in the workplace. But should teachers have the right to protest and then to bring their views and opinions into their classrooms? It might depend on the views and how they are expressed.