Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the Reconciliation Pole before its raising at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on April 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

This is why most teachers need Indigenous coaches

A staff-wielding Arcstrider character takes on foes in Destiny 2. The video game by Bungie studio, published by Activision, makes use of badges and other achievements to spur on players — a technique that can be applied to education. Handout

How video game methods can help students learn

Making education more like playing a game could dramatically improve learning.
Almost 10 per cent of Canadian 15-year-olds do not have the science proficiency level required to participate fully in society. (Shutterstock)

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Why Canada fails to be an education superpower

Canada's educational performance internationally has remained stagnant over the past decade. Students' science and math proficiency is especially worrying.
Canadian companies say there’s a shortage of skilled workers, but are they investing in training? (Shutterstock)

Is the skills shortage real?

Canadian firms say there's a dire shortage of skilled workers. But recent studies suggest they're not investing in training, apparently expecting universities to train their employees for them.
Their hormones mean they still need zzz’s even when they’re already supposed to be in homeroom. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

Sleepy teenage brains need school to start later

Teenagers aren't just lazy. Their sleep hormones aren't calibrated to let them get up and go until later in the morning – which has academic and health consequences when school starts too early.
There are benefits to sport participation, and it is important for parents to be aware of concussion risks, how to avoid them, and the signs when they may have occurred. (Shutterstock)

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How to recognize & treat sports concussions

As students return to school and prepare to join sports teams, here's what they and their parents need to know about concussions.
As kids head back to school this week across Canada, many will be victims or perpetrators of bullying. (Shutterstock)

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A new way to reduce playground bullying

A new mentorship program uses fiction to teach children's rights, and to help kids understand and prevent bullying.
As a community we need proactive, positive strategies to reduce youth self-harm and suicide. Shutterstock

Talking about suicide in schools can save lives

Youth suicide has reached a ten year high, but suicide and self-harm are still taboo topics in schools.
With a new wave of authoritarianism in the United States and beyond, it’s time for universities and colleges to defend democracy. (Shutterstock)

Universities must defend democracy

The rise of neo-Nazism under President Donald Trump signals a new wave of authoritarianism. Now more than ever, colleges and universities must help students become informed and compassionate citizens.
“Slow” movements promote concepts of mindfulness and a consideration of process as well as outcomes. Shutterstock/Jaromir Chalabala

Why schools need to slow down

Pressure on schools to make rapid improvements discourages deeper thinking about long-term solutions. Education can learn a lot from "slow" movements.

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