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silencing students

Student Voice, a cornerstone of “modern” education, is actually over a hundred years old. Dr. Dennis Harper describes Student Voice as “…giving students the ability to influence learning to include policies, programs, contexts and principles”. Student Voice can take many different forms in education. It can be as simple and “grass roots” as peer teaching or as formal […]

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.

The US market for standardized student testing is BIG business. Connecting school funding to test scores through legislation has allowed large multinational corporations to cash in on a $2.5 billion industry. That figure may be an underestimate, as testing companies that design and grade tests also sell curriculum to “improve school performance” on the tests. One of the biggest testing companies […]

One of the biggest popular culture cliches around is the horror movie villain that won’t die. The other characters are unaware that the zombie, or the guy in the mask, isn’t really dead, so they let down their guard, opening themselves up for another attack and for gallons of fake blood to be sprayed across the screen. […]

Early Tuesday March 25th, 2014 it was reported that Alberta students would be required to memorize their multiplication tables. A few hours later, when Ontario Education minister Liz Sandals walked into a media scrum at Queen’s Park, she knew what was coming. Reporters wanted to know if Ontario’s Ministry of Education would make a similar change in their approach […]

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