Ghosts of flawed teaching techniques threaten to haunt Alberta classrooms

Michael Zwaagstra, January 13, 2017 Originally posted in The Calgary Herald. Never underestimate the staying power of a bad idea. Nowhere is this truer than in the field of education policy. Education gurus come up with new ideas, temporarily retreat from them when they prove to be a flop, and then rename them and try again with a new crop …

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Next On the Carbon Hit List: Meat

Peter Shawn Taylor, December 30, 2016 Originally printed on C2C Journal. If it wasn’t so tasty, would anyone bother with beef? Last year, the World Health Organization added processed beef and other red meats to its list of level-one carcinogens, alongside such deadly substances as tobacco smoke, asbestos and plutonium. Unprocessed red meat was added to another list of probable …

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Then They Came For the Teachers

Hymie Rubenstein and Rodney A. Clifton, January 3, 2017 Originally posted on C2C Journal. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) That white, female teachers make up the …

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The National Housing Strategy: Affordability Focus Needed

Wendell Cox, December 23, 2016 In drafting a National Housing Strategy, the federal government, in cooperation with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Conference Board of Canada have produced a report on findings from public consultation. The there is much to commend in the document, “Let’s Talk Housing.” The important role of housing in economic growth was …

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Time for Manitoba Schools to Get Back to Basics

Michael Zwaagstra, December 19, 2016 Once again, Manitoba students have ranked near the bottom in Canada in the areas of science, math and reading. The Program for International Student Assessment, an international assessment of 15-year-olds conducted every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, showed Manitoba students are six months to one year behind students in top-performing provinces …