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Jerry Diakiw

Educator

Former Superintendent of Schools
How An Act Of Kindness Changed My Immigrant Family's Story

How An Act Of Kindness Changed My Immigrant Family's Story Forever

There are certain seminal moments in a life's arc that stand out. These defining moments or turning points alter a life's course profoundly. Like dominoes, every act, every event falls into place from that starting point. As I look back on my 80 years, one such moment stands out.
05/23/2017 04:16 EDT
Reading And Life

Reading And Life Success

One of the least expected predictors of life success is one's reading ability in primary school. Reading with pleasure, and especially reading fiction, is far more important than we have ever imagined. Finding ways to develop engaged readers is important for every child, but particularly for boys.
05/04/2017 05:51 EDT
Dispelling Misconceptions Of What It Means To Be

Dispelling Misconceptions Of What It Means To Be Intersex

Back in the 1970s as a vice-principal of a local high school, a grade nine student registered as "male" informed me he was now "female." The gender spectrum at that time was largely an official mystery. She, requested the use of the girl's washroom and I made arrangements to have her use the female staff washroom.
04/27/2017 15:22 EDT
Why We Should Be Investing In Disadvantaged

Why We Should Be Investing In Disadvantaged Children

It is widely known that disadvantaged children perform dramatically lower on cognitive achievement tests than children from well-to-do families. We know what the problem is. We even know what to do about it. But do we have the political will? Early childhood education delivered to disadvantaged children as young as one to four clearly promotes economic efficiencies and reduces lifetime inequalities.
04/26/2016 10:11 EDT