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Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Classes in School. The World Needs More of This

We start our lives as the whole of the universe. Reality is completely comprised of our perceptions and any “outside” object that is blocked from our senses puffs out of existence. Eventually, we learn object permanence, and we recognized that things outside us actually do exist on their own, but we are still the centre . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Classes in School. The World Needs More of This

cmkl: Boy poses and girl poses

Lately it’s been bothering me and Irene that Mallory would come back from photo day with tales of how kids were being posed by gender.

Things Are Good: Teaching ADHD Kids Outside

Students with ADHD have a hard time focusing in a standard classroom which leads to a difficult learning environment. It doesn’t have to be this way though. In Finland outdoor schools are familiar and effective, and now in the States they are experimenting with outdoor schools. Outside Online took a good look a SOAR to […]

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Left Over: Teach All the Children Well…..

http://www.vintag.es/2015/12/children-with-dolls-15-vintage-photos.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-pics+%28vintage+everyday%29 There is a blog that I go to eagerly, one of few words but many images…the link is above.. This blog is one I visit on a daily basis and I have provided a link to today’s offering..it is … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Teach All the Children Well…..

Things Are Good: Children Should be Taught Philosophy

Studying philosophy has greatly influenced my life and I encourage everybody to also study the field and practice. Engaging in philosophy can improve one’s sense of self while improving their ability to discern which arguments have value. Teaching critical inquiry through philosophy to children can have a very positive impact on them as human beings. […]

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Dead Wild Roses: Brace yourself…

Filed under: Education Tagged: Brace yourself, Ned Stark, School

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cmkl: Tallie Doyle takes on the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s dress code

My daughter has the same dress code at her school. It’s galling. Supposedly done to keep ‘the boys’ from getting distracted and to help them improve their marks. And for girls to avoid unwanted attention. Tallie’s sin was to wear a tank top with visible bra straps. She got a reprimand. And now she’s hopping . . . → Read More: cmkl: Tallie Doyle takes on the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s dress code

Melissa Fong: Are these shorts appropriate for school? Or is that just a sexist question?

Are these shorts appropriate for school? Or is that just a sexist question? I’m so tired of the “boys will be boys” argument, as if it is a plausible argument. […]

Things Are Good: A New Zealand School Abandons Rules, Ends Bullying

Having zero tolerance policies in schools is a truly horrible way to treat children. It can blunt curiosity and punish severely for minor infractions, combine such oppressive control with bizarre rules (like no playing schoolyard games) and you’ll bored, agitated and disengaged kids. When children aren’t able to express themselves in more traditional ways (like . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A New Zealand School Abandons Rules, Ends Bullying

Melissa Fong: Zero-tolerance No-Touching Rule… for Kindergarteners?

I’ll never forget the first day I got called in to teach a Kindergarten class. It was probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life to see 30 […]

The Political Road Map: The Great Academic Rejection of 2008-20??

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1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20…..

Do you know what this is?

It is a count of the amount of days since my last job interview. A count that is used to monitor a continued hope that employment in my field or a career of some sort will be attainable under the current economy. As I have mentioned in . . . → Read More: The Political Road Map: The Great Academic Rejection of 2008-20??

The Scott Ross: Canada Has Moved Backwards On Education: Our Past Demands Free Post-Secondary

Canada 140 years ago was a more intolerant, sexist, and unequal place, but on one important issue it was far more progressive than the Canada of today, and that’s on public education.

Nations often like to look back and take pride at the progress they’ve made over the years, and Canada has a lot to . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Has Moved Backwards On Education: Our Past Demands Free Post-Secondary

The Scott Ross: A Tragedy Should Make Us Want To Be Better

The world suffered a tragedy when a gun man went and killed 20 students and 6 adults. The world was made worse when out of this horror people called others whackos and nuts for merely having a different opinion.

A tragedy should make us try to be better not worse.

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The Scott Ross: Who Is Responsible For Connecticut?

You are.

We’re all responsible for Connecticut.

All the causes that led up to the tragedy yesterday were known before from other horrible events but we did nothing to prevent them.

Days of rational discussion have passed since a gun man shot up a theatre in Colorado, countless debates have occurred since US Representative Gabrielle . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Who Is Responsible For Connecticut?

The Scott Ross: A Tragedy

Canada is one country out of 193 and most Canadians currently think we can do nothing about our economy; yet when one person out of seven billion uses a gun to kill we think we know the problem and how to solve it.

Either we as a society recognize our ability to shape and . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Tragedy

ROAR!: New PEI Schoolboard – A hope and a Prayer

PEI has decided to merge its two school boards into one centralized board. Leaving PEI with an English Speaking Schoolboard and a French Speaking Schoolboard.  This has been done as a money saver and I guess as a means for streamlining policy and practise in PEI schools.  I’m not sure why we ever had two . . . → Read More: ROAR!: New PEI Schoolboard – A hope and a Prayer

Paulitical Satire: Back to School Tips – Movie Monday

So, while all the little little kiddies went back to school last week, the bigger kiddies are heading back to classes today in most cases. Given that, I thought I would dispense some “I wish I knew then what I know now” typed advice for students going to University and College. As usual, our wonderful videographer, . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Back to School Tips – Movie Monday

Terahertz: American Secular Stainless Steel Ring

Some of my most popular blog posts remains my rejection of the iron ring posts based on the religious references that I wasn’t allowed to strike.

Every few weeks I get a new comment, typically a self-entitled engineer who feels like calling me names on the Internet. But the latest comment was something new.

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Terahertz: Arguing with 15 year old me–The Young Offender’s Act

On my last trip to my parent’s house, I grabbed a couple of my old Social Studies 10 essays that I had written. I did quite well in Social Studies and was quite proud of my essays, a belief justified by the marks I tended to get.

This first essay, on the Young Offender’s Act, . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Arguing with 15 year old me–The Young Offender’s Act

knitnut.net: I need your advice

I’m thinking about applying to UBC to do a master’s degree in creative writing. I could do it part-time, through distance education.

I’m feeling conflicted, though.

Part of me says “If you want to write, just write. You don’t need a master’s degree. Just write.”

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The Scott Ross: Free Post-Secondary Education Is Bad Because You’re Afraid Of Change

You have a reason to oppose free post-secondary education? You sure do, it’s your unwillingness to change.

The fact is a majority of Canadians do offer justifications for opposing free post-secondary education, but those arguments do not come from research or evidence, they come from a fear of change.

This is clearly demonstrated in that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Free Post-Secondary Education Is Bad Because You’re Afraid Of Change

Things Are Good: A Better Approach Than Zero Tolerance in Schools

A school in Walla Walla was essentially a dumping ground for all the students deemed to have behavioural problems and their explosion rate was through the roof. This all changed when a principal ditched the atrocious zero tolerance policy that the school was using (many schools in North America punish and demean students this way). . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Better Approach Than Zero Tolerance in Schools

Terahertz: Alberta Education: An election bomb?

Alberta is ramping up for an election and while busty buses and money-for-nothing schemes are dominating the scandals, the new Education Act may be the thing that pisses enough people off to actually care about how this election turns out.

Alberta’s education laws haven’t been updated in decades and given last year’s slow resolution of . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Alberta Education: An election bomb?

wRanter.com: Things that make me go arghhhh! Part 1

I figure that this wouldn’t be a true blog without random kvetching about nothing in particular. So in that spirit, I present semi-aimless carping about disconnected aspects of modern life, or, with apologies to Arsenio Hall, what I like to call “Things that make me go arghhhh!”: • When a store’s website inventory checker says . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Things that make me go arghhhh! Part 1

Terahertz: Religions taking advantage of children

It’s an easy topic to write about and these three articles speak for themselves mostly, so I’m only going to give limited commentary on three pieces from the past couple days that definitely classify as religions taking advantage of (if not abusing) children.

First, the Vancouver Sun mistakenly takes the view that science and Christian . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Religions taking advantage of children