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ipads for picket signs

The previous month delivered discouraging signs for Ontario parents, students and educators. Public school educators have been out of contract since the summer of 2014, and it appears that negotiations aren’t going well.

Head in the clouds

Just as the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano signal the start of spring, high school students visiting their elementary school teacher marks the start of the school year. Their first year in high school they come back en masse to reassure themselves you’re still there. Several years ago, in early September, I was talking to an agitated former student. […]

Sad teacher

A social media interaction with a school board trustee clarified for me why we need teachers who fail. I suggested that we should be encouraging a more innovative culture in our schools. The trustee snarled “Parents don’t send their children to school to be experimented on” at me. “We need to use proven methods, not just make it up”. His attitude symbolizes a significant contradiction in schools today. We want […]

old desk

A principal is not simply another educator. They are also a teacher’s immediate supervisor and as such, are responsible for all that entails. How free is a teacher to openly disagree with a curriculum related suggestion from a principal? Do they really want to oppose someone who affects their lives in so many ways?

lotus_3

“May we exist like a lotus, At home in the muddy water.” Zen Buddhist saying. I was recently contacted by a mainstream media outlet. They were covering a contentious education topic and wondered if I’d contribute. After a few minutes talking with a producer it became obvious what they wanted. They were looking for someone to […]

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