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I've never been asked to address a high school graduating class, much to my children's relief, but with my third child finishing grade 12 in a month, I thought about what I might say to these graduates, especially those heading off to college or university.
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Students and parents are disappointed with the decision.
But these rates don't tell the whole story.
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It's graduation season, and whether you're transitioning from high school to college or from university to the working world, it's time to end one chapter and start a whole new one. Like most changes...
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June can be the month when students are immersed in the world of carefree parties, peers and possibilities. The festivities surrounding grade 12 graduation events tend to be an exercise in pushing boundaries, creating memories and grasping the moment. This is all very exciting for the youth involved, and somewhat terrifying for the parents of these youth.
It's a simple truth that some teenagers will likely drink alcohol on prom night. This isn't a wise decision, and one I hope your teenager will never make. That's why I've created an entire video series to help parents navigate the challenges of preventing underage drinking
After her son was killed in a car crash days before his graduation, Katherine Jackson donned his cap and gown to accept his diploma during an emotional ceremony. “[My son] knows his mom never walked...
Coming up with a yearbook quote is a significant high school milestone. It means you’re on your way to graduation and ready to leave your teen years behind. But while some use this opportunity to look...
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With spring comes an end to high school, and the beginning of a long journey through adulthood. Grads will encounter many challenges along the way. They might have trouble finding a job; they may have...
Last week, the Alberta government announced school completion rates are on the rise province-wide. It's great news - and now we have an opportunity to build on this success.
Every year, 3,000 youth drop out of high schools in our city. When I share that statistic with people in our community, they often can't believe it. I see why.
We live in a prosperous city and province with one of the best education systems in the world and, yet, Alberta has one of the lowest graduation rates in Canada, at 74 per cent. This is just unacceptable.
It's scary and exciting out there. And it takes a long time to figure out who you are, what matters to you, what energizes you and how you are different from your parents, teachers, and friends. But remember, you are the captain of your own ship in life.