Monthly Archives: November 2013

Washington Post’s Best + Worst Edu Headlines 2013

“It’s time again for an annual recap of education news. As usual, I don’t presume to say it’s all-encompassing, so I hope you’ll take time to share your own choices. I’ll list the ones I think are the best first, … Continue reading

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Why Kids Need Field Trips

“In an experiment done in Arkansas, students went on a field trip to a new museum (financed with Wal-Mart money, in case that makes a difference to you) and were then monitored for their responses to a range of questions a … Continue reading

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Education or Training?

“Former labor secretary Robert Reich was speaking at a conference for college and university trustees that I attended earlier this year and in his address he urged governing boards to resist the mounting pressure to focus on jobs as a … Continue reading

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Canada: International Education Powerhouse?

“Across the country, the educational experience of Canadian undergraduates is enriched by the presence of students from around the world. They bring new perspectives, cultures and languages to our campuses and communities. Together with study-abroad opportunities, this international exposure provides … Continue reading

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Education and Opportunity Improve Income Equality

“Toronto Centre, you see, contains Rosedale and Regent Park, meaning the rich and poor live rather close together. There’s nothing new about that:  Writing a century ago, a visitor to Ottawa remarked on the Rockcliffe neighbourhood, where the well-to-do jostled … Continue reading

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Hamilton Revisits “One-Room Schoolhouse” Concept

“You could call it the return of the one-room schoolhouse: Students of different ages and grade levels sitting in a classroom together, led by a teacher or even two instructors. That vision from the past is being revived for a … Continue reading

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Changes to BC Secondary School Calendar

“Secondary school students in Vancouver were told this week to expect to be in school until the end of June this year because of changes to the provincial School Calendar Regulation that were introduced in 2012. Parents in Vancouver received … Continue reading

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Canadian Teachers Find Jobs Abroad

“Newly qualified Canadian teachers frustrated with the over-saturated teaching market in many major Canadian cities are setting their sights on international schools abroad, where they say professional and personal benefits far outweigh those back home.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-canadian-teachers-head-abroad-amid-tight-job-market-1.2426110

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“Vagabond photojournalist” named for Vancouver TED 2014

“It’s been a long time since Kitra Cahana called Vancouver home. In fact, it’s been a long time since she has called any city home for very long. But in March, the 26-year-old self-described “vagabond photojournalist” and conceptual artist will … Continue reading

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“Income and Education”: A Comparison

“In theory, Naomi and Shafza would have equal opportunities to do well in school, participate in extracurriculars and move on to university or college. According to the OECD, Canada’s educational system is more effective than that of most other countries … Continue reading

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Consider All Routes to Higher Paying Jobs

“Universities and colleges churn out thousands of students every year, but once they find themselves in the work force, do their degrees really pay off? Studies show post-secondary education is still the best route to higher-paying jobs, as long as … Continue reading

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Tablets vs Textbooks

“The company covers a lot of ground — using tablets to help empower teachers and students through collaborative learning apps, data analysis, and games. Through the curriculum, students have access to everything from dramatic readings of famous books to an … Continue reading

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Macleans: 4 Education Innovations with Potential

“Canada has fallen behind or is at risk of falling behind other countries in education and training if we don’t get our act together. That was a common theme at two conferences last week in Toronto, one hosted by The Conference … Continue reading

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“School-in-a-box” Pop-up Schools

“Most of the buildings in Machakos, the former capital of Kenya, are made of concrete, with neat fences, informal gardens, indoor plumbing, and electricity, however erratic. By contrast, the local schoolhouse of Bridge International Academies is beyond basic: walls of corrugated … Continue reading

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Eduction ventures on Top 100 Social enterprises

“The NT100, published today by Nominet Trust, a UK registered charity which supports digital technology with a social and economic value, has listed 45 ventures that have an educational focus. The global list highlights original uses of technology and celebrates … Continue reading

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Improving the future of Canadian Education

“Last year, The Learning Partnership held a meeting of business, education and government leaders on the future of education in Canada. The recommendations include: increasing student engagement, better integration between post-secondary education and the K-12 system, focus on creativity, increasing … Continue reading

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Compare Countries and Learn Fun Facts

“IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another.” http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/index/CA

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Are “honour rolls” harmful?

“A Calgary school’s decision to axe all certificates and ceremonies honouring academic and athletic achievement is garnering the support of a controversial author and education critic who says rewards aren’t at all useful to students. St. Basil Elementary and Junior … Continue reading

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UBC Offers MOOCs

“Imagine studying artificial intelligence for robotics with a Stanford University instructor or discussing the moralities of everyday life with a Yale University professor. Not only can anyone enrol in classes like these, but they are offered free of cost and … Continue reading

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“Redefine what education means to you”

“Education is the knowledge or skill obtained by a learning process. A degree or diploma conferred by a college or university verifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study. But what does education mean to you and … Continue reading

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