Canada Education

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 07.18.2014 | 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.

Breaking the Silence on South Sudan

Patricia Erb | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Headlines and news stories keep us updated on the sometimes harsh truths around the world. While we are disturbed by the increasingly horrific situation in Iraq and the ensuing displacement of millions of Syrian refugees, another serious humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in South Sudan in near silence.

Bringing Sex Education to the Stage

University of Toronto News | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today's youth, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health has a slightly different stance. Shira Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the School's Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, is taking to the stage to educate young adults about sex.

We Can't Get Jobs - Are We Going to Be OK?

Katie Boland | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

My friend is a few years older than me, has two degrees and has been published in almost every major Toronto paper. She is an incredibly talented screenwriter and filmmaker. She is well connected and well liked. I would argue that she knows how to get a job. She just can't.

Post-Secondary Education Also Means Learning Outside the Classroom

Melissa Jarman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Melissa Jarman

One of the most fundamental aspects of a well-rounded post-secondary education is getting some life experience outside of the classroom. This past May, five deserving post-secondary students from across Canada travelled to Kenya to volunteer with Me to We.

'Alarming Slide' In National Education Quality

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new report urges Ottawa to work with the provinces and industry to put a stop to what it calls an alarming slide in the quality of Canada's...

B.C. Education Is Best In Canada: Report

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Despite the turmoil between B.C. teachers and the provincial government, a new report has ranked B.C.'s education system as the best in Canada. Ont...

How To Keep Your Kids Writing and Thinking This Summer

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

Don't end the conversation with "Yes, that's sad." There are many things to wonder about together. "I wonder who made the decision for this to happen?" or "Who do you think it hurt by this?" are great ways to keep them thinking. Encourage them to take it further: Some questions you can answer; others you can't. Help your child figure out who would be best to write to.

What I Learned This Week: Comparing Apples and Pears

Andy Nulman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

The relationship between information and learning can be likened to the ingredients of a recipe. While alone they may be very delicious, only when used in the proper combination and via the optimum process do they culminate into a complete dish that can be considered gourmet.

Hudak Ignores Economics 101

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Conservative platform is off the economic track as it invokes analogies and comparisons that defy the economic fundamentals. Ontarians on June 12 have to vote on their future. They can choose to invest in Ontario's education, health, and infrastructure. Alternatively, they can choose to become the victims of false analogies.

New Graduates Must Help Fix a Broken World

Don Tapscott | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada
Don Tapscott

You'll need to reinvent your knowledge base often as you go through life. And as graduates from a liberal arts and sciences university, you know that it's not just your knowledge that's important. It's your ability to think, collaborate, solve problems, synthesize and to learn and learn again, again and again.

Size Matters When it Comes to Classroom Numbers, Hudak

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Research in pedagogy shows that children learn much better in smaller classrooms. Tim Hudak, if elected, has promised to increase classroom sizes and the student-teacher ratios. The Ontario elections could very well be a vote on the learning outcomes for millions of school-going children. Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, is campaigning to increase the classroom size by two to three students and the student-teacher ratio, in addition to numerous other proposed cuts to the Ontario's education system. This may require parents to learn more about learning before they vote on June 12.

The Best Reason to Vote in the Ontario Election

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If you can't be bothered to pay attention and have decided that your vote won't matter anyway, you may unconsciously be setting an example that your children will follow. If we want to live in a viable democracy, we have to be willing to think critically and to take some risks.

Dear Teacher Who Wants to Quit

Lori Gard | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Sorry too that I must start first with regret. What a poor way to begin. Bu you are leaving teaching. And a void has already been left in the wake of this momentous decision. I feel that void. And sorrow too; for when decisions like this are to be made, it is grievous. It is hard.

How to Budget For University

Melissa Jarman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Business
Melissa Jarman

By now, most students planning to start college or university in the fall are beginning to think seriously about what needs to be done before their classes start. So how do we help students prepare for the coming year? A good starting point would be by taking some time now to review and discuss the following questions.