Autumn Peltier, Chief Water Commissioner with the Anishinabek Nation, addresses the Global Landscapes Forum, at the United Nations, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Teaching young people what really matters

Despite challenges, teacher education offers a path to begin righting inequities and injustice. Here, people stand on a map from the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada at a launch in Toronto in 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

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Teaching truth and reconciliation in Canada

A study found that asking young children aged three to four years to look at themselves in a mirror while asking them about a potential misdeed significantly increased their truth-telling. (Shutterstock)

Children’s lies are deceptively complex

Recent reports of Black students in Ontario reveal an ongoing pattern of racism including a lack of adequate reading materials. Wadi Lissa /Unsplash

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Anti-Black racism in schools persists across generations

Decades of inadequate teaching material and resources to support Black students in Ontario means they are severely underserved by their schools.
Reading books with your child means children learn to connect reading with feelings of warmth and sharing. (Shutterstock)

Parents play a key role in fostering children’s love of reading

Early experiences sharing and developing positive connections, language and communication set the stage for home reading to start children on the path to literacy.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg, centre left, joins a coalition of youth climate leaders and environmental groups during a climate strike outside the United Nations, Aug. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Youth are pushing the environmental movement towards climate justice

A research team of youth climate activists and academics is examining how environmentalists learn about solidarity and justice.
Older generations have sometimes been shocked that some younger people can’t read a handwritten note. (Shutterstock)

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Why cursive handwriting needs to make a school comeback

Developing fluency in handwriting matters for literacy outcomes, and handwriting is an elegant testimony to the unique power of the human voice.
A recent photo-voice project shows what can happen when educators help marginalized youth express their resistance to racism. Alexis Brown/ Unsplash

High school educators can help girls resist Islamophobia

A recent study suggests that marginalized youth feel supported and more resilient when adults encourage their ideas and missions to combat stereotypes, racism and Islamophobia.
Cross-cultural community gardens that include learning activities can increase food security and also help with reconciliation.

How a garden creates cross-cultural, food-sovereign communities

Community gardens with land-based activities can impact community food security and are a good way to forge relationships among new immigrants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members.
Toddlers quickly adapt to the fact that words can be pronounced differently depending on many factors. (Shutterstock)

Toddler language learning is rich, complicated

Adults aren't the only language teachers: six-year-olds still produce sounds differently than adults, but toddlers are extremely good at understanding the speech of children six years and older.
The Doug Ford government has introduced a new sex education curriculum in Ontario, and it’s not much different than the controversial one rolled out by former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne five years ago. (Shutterstock)

Doug Ford’s reboot of sex education in Ontario: Same as it ever was

Doug Ford's unveiling of a new Grade 1-8 sex education curriculum is strikingly similar to the maligned 2015 version. The result is confused Ontario parents.
Youth hockey’s play-to-win culture means that children’s personal development is pushed to the side in pursuit of victory. Shutterstock

Play-to-win attitudes in youth hockey sacrifice personal development

Organized sports can foster positive development in children. However, the competitive nature of youth hockey produces a pressure-to-win environment, where personal development is pushed to the side.
Children with ASD are particularly prone to poisoning, suffocation and wandering that can lead to death by drowning or vehicular accident. (Shutterstock)

How parents and caregivers can help keep children with autism safe

This simple strategy could help your child safely negotiate dangerous situations such as getting lost in a public place or discovering a firearm.
Students stage a walkout to raise awareness about systemic discrimination in the Canadian justice system during a protest at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on March 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Back to school

Who speaks for Indigenous students on campus?

As students and faculty start a new academic year, it's a good time to highlight the barriers to Indigenizing the campus and the importance of Indigenous voices on campus.
Teaching social and environmental responsibility to engineering students will provide them with valuable skills required for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Shutterstock

Teaching technological stewardship makes future engineers more agile and responsible

Technological stewardship is a set of values that provide members of the engineering community with guidance for responsible, responsive and agile approaches to design and implementation.
Members of the National Council of Canadian Muslims Mustafa Farooq, left, and Bochra Manaï, right, speak during a news conference in Montréal, June 17, 2019, where plans were outlined to lawfully challenge Québec’s Bill 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Québec’s Bill 21 may spur school bullies

Québec schools must consider Bill 21's potential impact on students. Bullying researchers have found links between publicly permitted behaviour and personal expression.
Prof. Stephen Meyers and his Geoscience 100 class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Photo by Ethan Parrish. Author provided

The profound perspective of geoscience can unite students

A science researcher's work gets twisted by a conservative news site; he considers this his wake-up call to educate as many students as possible about the importance of science to our world.
Many parents feel compelled to pay school fees, even while they feel they shouldn’t have to. (Shutterstock)

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School fees undermine public education’s commitment to equity

Some parents in Québec are being reimbursed after a ruling that they were overcharged school fees. If taxes cover public schools, should parents have to pay at all?
Memories and the experiences gained through play are foundational to one’s lifelong learning. (Shutterstock)

Summer Reads

A day at the beach: Deep learning for a child

Through a play day filled with choices at the beach with supportive adults, unexpected challenges and social experiences all help children to build far more than sand castles.
Betty Osceola, a Miccosukee educator and water activist who runs her own airboat business, is one narrative guide into the Everglades in SwampScapes. (Grant Bemis)

Virtual reality field trip in the Florida Everglades

A filmmaker, her students and community partners create a multi-platform documentary and study guide to teach swamp literacy and care through a trip into the Everglades.

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