Public Education

Dear Teacher, Thank You for Taking the Time to Really See Me

Lori Gard | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear Teacher: You called after me today. I was frustrated. Angry. Tired and lonely. And I didn't want to hear someone tell me for the bazillionth time all that I had done wrong. Tell me how I had been a bully. A bad boy. The truth is: I know. I know I am a bully. I have a hard time making friends because I'm different. But you took the time.

B.C. Can't Get Away With Voiding Contract Clauses: BCTF Lawyer

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A litany of consequences arise if the British Columbia government is allowed to get away with rubbing out hundreds of clauses from the tea...

If Only Students Could Be Moulded Into Pipelines Or Olympic Arenas

Lizanne Foster | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

If only students were made of concrete and steel that could be moulded into things like roads, bridges, pipelines or sports arenas for Olympic events. Things that would be seen to be worth it, a good investment of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.

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.

5 Ways To Ensure Our Kids Graduate

Lucy Miller | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

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.

When Teachers Choose Love

Lori Gard | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It's almost recess and I am urging the children to put away their snacks so as to ready for the recess bell. The students start slowly stowing their l...

The World Needed the Return of 'Cosmos'

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada TV
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

This past week, the much lauded TV show Cosmos made its return to the small screen. Back in 1980, I was a 13-year-old immigrant kid, youngest in a busy, working class household of seven people, and attending a Toronto inner city middle school that was not exactly a model of academic excellence. Enter into that world Carl Sagan.

Don't Exclude Kids From Good Schools Because Their Parents Make Less Money Than You

Malkin Dare | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

Most low-income parents can't buy expensive homes or afford private schools or tutors or access specialized public schools or home-school. Their children, for the most part, are stuck with their neighbourhood school. If that school doesn't meet their children's needs at some point, those needs just go unmet.

Doing Away With the Honour Roll and Awards System in Schools is Absurd

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Stephanie Knaak

Somewhere along the way, we've adopted some goofy misguided idea that children's psyches are inherently, staggeringly fragile, prone to devastating and irreversible damage from any number of relatively benign phenomena -- like honour rolls, sporting activities where only the winning team gets a trophy, or track and field days with actual competition (oh, the horror!).

A Natural Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Many different organizations and health experts have purposed various solutions to solve the western world's obesity epidemic. But the underlying problem to the obesity epidemic is the current population's lack of connectivity to the soil, the environment and the food supply. If we can reconnect our current population with the food supply and the community, we will create a healthier and brighter future for generations to come.

United OntarioTeachers Stand, Divided They Offer Extra-Curriculars

Malkin Dare | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Malkin Dare

Ontarian parents who favour one unified school system would be wise to take a look at the education scene in B.C., where some say the teachers' union is more powerful than God. If we didn't have three teachers' unions in Ontario, it is likely that no students would be enjoying extra-curricular activities today.

The Ontario Teacher's Union Is Holding Students Hostage

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Ontario high school students are being disproportionately affected by the conflict between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) and the provincial government. What is most worrying about the conflict between the Ontario teacher's union and the government is the way in which students are being used as pawns by the OSSTF to advance and promote a political message. Students' anger over the loss of extracurricular activities should not be directed towards the government.

Blackboards as Billboards Undermine Public Education

Kelly Ernst | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Alberta
Kelly Ernst

Recent trends in education funding in Alberta exhibit some worrying disparities. Charter and private schools currently attract considerably more resources than the poorest of schools in the public system, and they still get public per student funding. This has significant consequences. If we turn classrooms into just another market for ads, is there any reason not to expect that donor and advertising dollars are most likely to flow to the schools and parents who already have the greatest resources?

Seven Ways Technology Is Affecting Our Children

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Not only are we enamored with the ability to send and receive information in a digital format, but our children are equally smitten. I hear more and more parents bemoaning the fact that they're not able to retrieve their iPad or laptop from their young child who is busy surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. Here are the top seven ways that digital technology has affected our children -- the good and the bad.

Tough Talk on Bullying with the Minister of Education

Tracie Wagman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Canada
Tracie Wagman

Ontario's Ministry of Education reached out to me and asked if I wanted to discuss bullying with the Minister. Would I?! You bet. The question is, did she really want to hear what I have to say?