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Trashy's World: Helping out Clifford Bowey PS…

… in the Aviva Fund competition. Hi all – PSA time: Clifford Bowey PS has moved into the Aviva Fund Semi-Finals! I like to think that our school community last year helped Vincent Massey win this competition – and a new playground! Please visit the site and register and VOTE – one vote per day . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Helping out Clifford Bowey PS…

Melissa Fong: Bullet-Proof Blankets for kids? Not the solution.

My reaction to bullet proof blankets for children: When I was a kid we had fire and earthquake drills. When I became a teacher I had to verse the children […]

Bill Longstaff: Alberta, oil, and indoctrinating children

“Give us a child till he’s seven and we’ll have him for life”—a maxim some claim comes from St. Ignatius Loyola himself, founder of the Jesuits. Somewhat hackneyed but nonetheless true, the Alberta government and the oil industry seem to be taking it seriously.

The government is engaged in a major overhaul of Alberta’s school . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Alberta, oil, and indoctrinating children

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: BC Parents Want Evidence-Based Learning Programs and Supports in ALL BC School Districts

There can be hope for children with autism in BC schools     Parents want evidence‐based learning programs and supports established in all B.C. school districts.     February 17 2014, Surrey, BC:  Recent news stories such as the Seclusion and Restraint report and most recently the story of Susan DeBeck, a Vancouver teacher who claims . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: BC Parents Want Evidence-Based Learning Programs and Supports in ALL BC School Districts

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives failing BC’s First Nations children: PBO report

Reported by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

First Nations demand a better deal from the Canadian Government during a massive December 2012 protest on Parliament Hill. (Photo: Obert Madondo)

A report released by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) on Thursday says the Harper Conservatives are failing BC’s First Nation children and on-reserve schools.

The . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives failing BC’s First Nations children: PBO report

350 or bust: Building A School In The Cloud

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and here’s another paradigm-shifting presentation. As an educator Sugata Mitra’s presentation is thrilling, because I know firsthand that the current education system is outdated and failing many children needlessly. Enjoy!

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

Nobody wants to give in to a bully. Indeed teachers teach students not to give in to bullies and teachers are expected to be role models and teach by example. So the teachers, when the bully took away their collective bargaining rights with draconian … . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

Nobody wants to give in to a bully. Indeed teachers teach students not to give in to bullies and teachers are expected to be role models and teach by example.

So the teachers, when the bully took away their collective bargaining rights with draconian legislation that took away their right to strike, used the only . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

First of all it is not a strike because it is not part of the collective bargaining process because with a government imposed contract, imposed under a draconian law whose constitutionality is under challenge, there is no collective bargaining process…. . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

First of all it is not a strike because it is not part of the collective bargaining process because with a government imposed contract, imposed under a draconian law whose constitutionality is under challenge, there is no collective bargaining process. Secondly the political protest is aimed at the government as policy maker and legislator, not . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

Slap Upside The Head: School Trustee Says Gay Students Should Act Less Gay

If you’re a student in Alberta hoping that the school boards will offer some official protection from anti-gay bullying, it looks like you’re going to have to keep hoping. Last week, the Alberta School Boards Association rejected a proposal to adopt a province-wide anti-bullying policy aimed at protecting GLBT students and staff. So, now that […] . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: School Trustee Says Gay Students Should Act Less Gay

mike watkins dot ca: B.C. School Seismic Safety

See article in The Georgia Straight: B.C. schools are still waiting for seismic upgrades

According to the B.C. Ministry of Education, 121 seismic projects had been completed as of August 2012. Construction work is happening at 14 schools, including Sir James Douglas Elementary School in Vancouver, which Watkins’s two sons used to attend. Eight . . . → Read More: mike watkins dot ca: B.C. School Seismic Safety

The Scott Ross: Liberals, No One Forgets The Common Refrain

You don’t spread a message by only saying it once.

This Conservative government has created Canada’s largest deficits, the largest government and has spent more money than any other Canadian government before it.

On the most important things people don’t just speak up and than sit back down smug that they changed the world. . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals, No One Forgets The Common Refrain

Slap Upside The Head: Principal Cancels Course To Prevent Gay Student From Taking It

The lengths people go to in order to stop gay people from enjoying their life…

Thomas Amons, a principal for the Beaumont Independent School District’s Taylor Career and Technology Center in Texas, has canceled an entire cosmetology course rather than let a student whom he thought was gay take it.

Cequada Clark, the course . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Principal Cancels Course To Prevent Gay Student From Taking It

Slap Upside The Head: Christian Group Sues School Board Over Lesson Plans

A group calling itself the “Parental Rights in Education Defense Fund” along with an anonymous “beleaguered parent” is suing the Ontario school system for not providing advance notice of gay subject matter.

“The parent seeks nothing more than to be given advance notice so that he can […] withdraw his children before the lesson,” . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Christian Group Sues School Board Over Lesson Plans

Trashy's World: Back to school today!

And if I see one vehicle ignore the flashing lights of a school bus, I will chase you and hunt you down., I will. Please be mindful of buses, students and crossing guards. Don’t be a moron. (9) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

DeSmogBlog: Climate Science Denier Debunks Greenhouse Theory With Two Fish Cooler Boxes And A Roll Of Cling Film

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SOMETIMES in the world of climate science "scepticism", things can become a little surreal. A bit odd, if you will, to the point where you need to inflict a sharp pain upon your person to confirm you've not drifted off into an alternate reality.

Like the time, for example, when Australian mainstream TV station . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Climate Science Denier Debunks Greenhouse Theory With Two Fish Cooler Boxes And A Roll Of Cling Film

Five of Five: Gay is the Word

I was in the gym tonight when Toronto Archbishop Tom Collins came on the television. The Ontario government is currently fine tuning proposed anti-bullying legislation, which of course affects catholic schools. The legislation would allow students to form anti-bullying, anti-homophobic groups, sometimes known as Gay-Straight Alliances. The issue right now seems to be the use . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Gay is the Word

Slap Upside The Head: Ontario Catholic Schools To Get GSAs

I admit it. I jumped the gun with my Congratulalien last year. When the Ontario government announced that all schools—including Catholic schools—must allow the formation of student-run GLBT support groups, I took that to mean students would finally be getting GSAs. Having endured twelve years of Catholic schooling myself, I perhaps should have been . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Ontario Catholic Schools To Get GSAs

Slap Upside The Head: Principal Disqualifies Student for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

An assistant principal at Fullerton Union High School in California interrupted and disqualified a student competing for the title of Mr. Fullerton (A silly contest the school has going on, apparently) because the student said he hopes that same-sex marriage will be legal in California so that he can get married one day. The student, . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Principal Disqualifies Student for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Slap Upside The Head: Anti-Gay Protest In Ontario

A crowd of about 200 appeared in Queen’s Park, Ontario yesterday, protesting provincial legislation that will help eliminate anti-gay bullying in schools. This rally also marked the unveiling of some brand new terminology to be used by the anti-gay lobby, as a spokesperson began referring to Gay-Straight Alliances as “homosexual sex clubs.” The protesters then . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Anti-Gay Protest In Ontario

Slap Upside The Head: Utah Proposes Anti-Gay Censorship Bill

The Utah state senate has voted in favour of a bill forbidding discussion of homosexuality in classrooms, even if a question was posed by a student. Other jurisdictions are now reportedly considering legislation forbidding discussion of Utah.

Slap Upside The Head: Homophobic Lobby Group Freaks Out Over Anti-Bullying Video

Hundreds of students from schools across Vancouver have collaborated to creatd a YouTube video called the Pink Project, a creative effort to help spread the message that bullying is not OK. The video features students from eleven different schools dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” all wearing pink shirts with the message “Acceptance; . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Homophobic Lobby Group Freaks Out Over Anti-Bullying Video

The Scott Ross: We All Lose In BC Teacher Labour Dispute

Who will win in the latest labour dispute between BC teachers and the provincial government? It doesn’t matter, we are already losing.

Now a politician isn’t going to tell a province this, a union representative isn’t going to hold a press conference to point it out, and people aren’t going to buy a newspaper to . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We All Lose In BC Teacher Labour Dispute

Slap Upside The Head: Parents Flip Out Over Teachers’ Safe Space Card

Two fifth grade teachers at West Park School in Altona, Manitoba are being demanded by parents to remove cards from their classrooms indicating that they have completed training on how to support GLBT youth.

Stephanie Fortier and Peter Wohlgemut had voluntarily taken training sessions from the Rainbow Resource Center in Winnipeg and received display . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Parents Flip Out Over Teachers’ Safe Space Card