Montreal-born pianist Oscar Peterson waves after playing at the Montreal Forum in July 1984. The Coalition for Music Education is inviting schools and communities across Canada to sing “Hymn To Freedom,” written by Peterson and Harriette Hamilton, on Music Monday 2019, a day to celebrate music. (CP/Jean F. Leblanc)

Music also matters in the real world

A man adds his comments to a spontaneous memorial of flowers and sidewalk writing that has appeared a block from the Tree of Life Synagogue on Monday, Oct. 29. A gunman shot a killed 11 people while they worshipped at the synagogue the Saturday before. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

Educators must challenge the politics of evil

Language tests are an important factor in determining whether international students are admitted to universities. Shutterstock

We all put too much emphasis on test scores

Policy-makers use language test scores to determine who gets into universities or can immigrate. But there are problems with using single test scores to make such important decisions.
Women are still typically the minority on academic hiring committees in science, and “majority rules.” (Shutterstock)

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How we can turn the tide for women in science

The award of a Nobel Prize in physics to Donna Strickland is an opportunity to build support for women in science, says one female physics professor.
A group of ‘makers’ helped to put together this innovative Halloween costume for a ten-year old who uses a wheelchair. Bob Murphy/Education Maker

DIY Halloween costume for 10-year-old in a wheelchair

Maker culture--a worldwide movement of do-it-yourselfers who tinker with disruptive technologies--have come together to build and design a Halloween costume perfect for kids using wheelchairs.
Megyn Kelly appears on the set of her show, ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ at NBC Studios in New York on September 21, 2017. Kelly questioned why dressing up in blackface is wrong. Kelly now says she understands that she needs to be more sensitive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Charles Sykes

Thinking of blackface for Halloween? Just don’t

Many claim the offensive part about blackface is from a long time ago and claim blackface costumes, especially at Halloween, are innocent fun. What could be the harm?
Noble Prize winner Donna Strickland, right, is followed by media to her lab in Waterloo, Ont., on Oct. 2, 2018. Strickland is among three physicists who were awarded the prize for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

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No surprise Strickland isn’t a full professor

What Strickland achieved is impressive. But it isn’t a sign that the patriarchy is being smashed.
Some science textbooks give a skewed view of the causes of climate change, new research finds. pong-photo9/www.shutterstock.com

How have textbooks portrayed climate change?

Some popular high school textbooks have used hesitant language to describe human contributions to climate change, our study shows.
English spelling is not an illogical burden there to make life difficult for our children. www.shutterstock.com

How to help your child with spelling

Teaching children how to break down words into their meaning and origin can help them be better spellers.
Asking questions can create new ways of teaching and learning. StepanPopov/Shutterstock

Questions to decolonize a classroom

It's vital for academics in South Africa to start asking deep questions that examine what decolonialism could look like in their teaching.
A large body of research has shown students who were relatively old among their peers are more likely become professional sports players. www.shutterstock.com

Your birth date influences your success

The reason isn't your astrological sign, but rather the role your birth date plays in deciding when you enter school. Children who are older than their peers in school tend to do better.
The demands of college sports often take precedence over education. Don Feria/AP

U.S. college athletes have time for school

Research shows student-athletes spend triple the amount of time on sports as on academics, raising questions about whether they actually benefit from a college education, a sociology professor argues.
Teaching students about how ancient civilizations used geometry to build structures like the pyramids in Egypt is part of a new integrated approach to learning science, technology, engineering and math. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Let’s teach why math matters in the real world

To get more students interested in STEM subjects, teachers must break out of the traditional subject-matter silos and use an approach that helps kids understand how math is used in the real world.
The Ontario government “back to basics” approach to the curriculum will not best serve children who need a mixture of traditional and discovery learning methods. Shutterstock

No matter how you teach math, make it fun

Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson have told elementary school teachers to expect curriculum change directives for "back to basics" mathematics, a move that could hurt students.
There is already a substantial list of research reports, reviews and inquiries into issues in the vocational education sector which could be used to build an action plan. www.shutterstock.com

Vocational education in Australia

We already have all the research reports, reviews and inquiries we need to make reform to the VET sector happen. What we need is proactive leadership and action.

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