With students returning to the classroom, summer is officially coming to an end. Families are frantically shopping for new supplies, clothes and gadgets to guarantee a great year, and there's a lot of information circulating in cyberspace on the latest must-have back-to-school gear. With the help of some industry experts, my mission is to shed light on the latest trends in the education space for students of all ages.
More than a mere few US retailers assume that expanding into Canada, because of its relatively small population (the population of California alone, at about 38 million, is larger than Canada's roughly 35 million), is akin to expanding into just another state. Making this assumption -- blindsided by the admittedly vast similarities across all walks of life -- is downright dangerous.
The Calgary Board of Education has recently opened the door to the naming of classrooms to corporate sponsorship. Naming of classrooms or programs leads to some very fundamental questions about public education and has many drawbacks. One of which is if you allow Coca Cola a five year deal on a school gym, why not another school sponsored by Pepsi? If they can sponsor a high school gym, how about a junior high? A middle school? An elementary?