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What happens when the tools that are supposed to connect us end up segregating us and making us feel excluded? The overuse of social media and the subsequent underuse of real-world skills has resulted in difficulty for many to socialize meaningfully -- leading to feelings of loneliness, social anxiety and depression.
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The backlash against Ontario's new health curriculum has left many people confused. Is it radical? Are fundamental parental and religious rights being undermined? All parents want to protect their children, but opponents of sex education are inadvertently doing the opposite. Denying children accurate and inclusive information about their bodies, human relationships and sexuality is not protective; it is irresponsible. Without such information, children are unable to care for themselves and grow into healthy and responsible adults.
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The cost of tuition can be overwhelming to say the least. For families and students trying keep afloat this year, making tuition payments is already a challenge often managed by multiple loans, jobs and sleepless nights spent studying or trying to make the grade in order to maintain a scholarship.
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At this stage in the year, your focus is likely on getting through the first few weeks of classes -- but you should also be thinking about what you can do to build your skill set to end the school year with some solid learning.
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For many first year university students, orientation week, or 'frosh week', is a rite of passage -- a defining moment that gives you your first real glimpse into university life. It's an action-packed week that's high on fun, but like a colourful tornado ripping through campus, the week will be over in a flash.
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The freshman year produces a perfect storm of factors: new pressures, an abundance of unhealthy food options, a lot of sitting around in classrooms and, often, higher alcohol consumption. At a time when the body is still growing -- and when brain power is key to successful learning -- how serious is the problem of the proverbial Freshman 15?
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Like many Canadian teens, I grew up not learning about basic household budgeting, so when I went to university for the first time I was a little lost. I made mistakes. I got into debt. I spent more than I had. Then I realized how hard it was to pay off debt on an entry-level salary, and I got smart about my finances.
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For parents with children away at university, it can be a giant leap of faith to step back and let their young adult children be independent, and know that they will be okay. Most young adults transition to university without difficulty and take charge of this new independent phase of their lives with motivation to do well and the skills to navigate their academic and social lives. But for some young adults, the stress of being on their own to manage the academic and social demands of university life may be a breaking point that heralds or worsens mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.
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The post-secondary years are the ideal time to lock in great habits and fill any gaps in your children's financial education. Regardless of whether there are savings set aside or loans to be taken, managing the dollars matters. It's our young people who gain the most from good advice as they take on increased responsibility.
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Statistics Canada reports that more than 2 million students are enrolled in post-secondary education? That's a lot of transitioning. If you're one of the students on that path, or the parent of one heading in that direction, here are some tips to help make the transition successful transition.
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Age is a game and tricky one to master -- as a young professional, there are times where youth plays to your advantage and other times where it does not. In the startup not-for-profit (NFP) world however, youth is becoming an increasingly advantageous asset.
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Individual universities are pursuing policies of climbing in international ranking of universities. This means emphasis on research, publication of research findings, and not on the outcome of teaching. They are not serving the province, the people of Ontario, their students, or many of their employees well at this point.
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This is a riposte to an article in The Huffington Post by a Professor of Philosophy, titled "Message to My Freshman Students." This article left me shaking my head. I am a professional university teacher, with an interest in pedagogy and in particular, managing the crucial transition year from high school to university. Here is my opening speech.
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When I became a parent 15 years ago, I knew it was important to save for my daughter's education. While our income didn't allow for large RESP contributions, we made regular ones, supplemented by money she received, often as gifts, along the way. But with my daughter a mere three years away from post-secondary school, I've learned that my role as a parent extends well beyond helping her finance an education.
I've heard the joke -- what's the difference between a large pizza and a history degree? One can feed a family of four. For the purposes of the pun, history can be replaced with any liberal arts major; however, history often gets an especially bad reputation for being particularly unemployable and well, pointless.
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As you can imagine, many university teachers loathe this site completely. In fact, it's not so much a teaching evaluation, as a review of the student experience in the class. It completely ignores all important contexts of where the course fits in the program of study, and why the teaching methods chosen were used, resources available to the teacher to help teach the course, and other necessary background information.
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The ongoing strikes at York University and the University of Toronto have prompted a variety of thoughtful and insightful examinations of the state of university education in Ontario. In particular, the conversation around the changing nature of academic work and the plight of contract faculty is essential to the future of our universities. Unfortunately, an incorrect -- and harmful -- idea has crept into some of the recent coverage: that the relatively good working conditions of full-timers are to blame for the frankly awful conditions of those working on contract.
How can we ensure that when students are engaged in their studies, they get the best possible chance to absorb and process all of the information which they receive when sitting in a class? I will be...
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People are always going on about how Canadians aren't patriotic enough, saying that Canada doesn't have something to identify it. They think that since there are so many cultures living in one place,...
The Canada-Israel relationship is often only viewed through the lens of politics, which unfortunately obscures the remarkable bonds being formed between Canadians and Israelis at the institutional and grassroots levels. As the admirable work of the AUCC has shown, there is much we can learn from one another.
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With youth unemployment and underemployment remaining at stubbornly high levels, Canada must build on the success of its college system. In Ontario, one of the most significant changes that government can make is to expand the range of career-specific degree programs at colleges.
The need for food support does not, however, stop with students under the age of 18. Post-secondary and recent university graduates are one of the fastest growing groups of food bank users across the province. With growing tuition rates, on campus living accommodations, and money for textbooks it's no surprise the wallets of students are being stretched to the limits.
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The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.
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The credit mistakes that students make today can affect them for years to come, so as parents, it is our job to ensure we teach them about responsible credit use. Our kids often look to us for financial advice and guidance but many parents don't fully understand how to build and maintain a good credit score either.
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As students prepare to head back to school next week, most people can imagine that they will be focused on studying and writing papers. However, today's students also face a new reality during the academic year: work. Currently, federal student loan policy actually punishes students, should they work 'too much'.
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You will not be a normal person when you finish this. You may wake up from this in four years and be like "who is this person that I am now?" I'm always sort of on the verge of tears, I'm too busy to eat or shower, I can't not articulate every single word, I haven't worn real pants in years, I'm not as funny as I used to be, the list continues for literal days.
Bruce and Lynn drove to their youngest daughter Emily's school to tell her that her brother had died by suicide. They next drove to London to pick up their other daughter, Aimee from university. Their cries filled the car along the highway. Lynn climbed in the backseat to hold Emily in her arms. At first, Aimee did not believe the news but slowly came to understand.
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It's 1992, and you're six years old. You're in a classroom that hasn't changed much since your parents sat there (despite the welcome lack of nuns in the classrooms of my own Catholic grade school). Y...
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Ever wondered why your otherwise brilliant friends always seem to partner up with less-than-ideal mates? A new University of Toronto study could help explain why. One surprising finding was that those who feared being single seemed to recognize that they were making poor decisions about who to date.
Many years later, now ensconced in the Internet software world, I have learned just how skilled young students are in the ways of mosaic plagiarism. I believe in the rule of law and the science of intellectual property law. Yet encouraging creativity in young minds should be paramount for any teacher.
It's important to reflect on why more and more young people are choosing the tougher road to achievement and taking a pass on the shortcuts to quick bucks or the chimeric appeal of fame. Quite simply, they want to make a difference.