Susan Hoenhous and other teachers of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario participate in a full withdrawal of services strike in Toronto on Jan. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Mike Harris’s attack on schools is back

A photo of the last truck to be assembled on the General Motors production line, shown at a sports bar where GM workers congregated after their work work at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., on its final day of vehicle production, on Dec. 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Canada can better prepare to retrain workers

“With art, you have all the colours in the world to share your thoughts,” wrote one youth in the Holistic Arts-based Program at Laurentian University. (Unsplash/Rahul Jain)

Arts teaches children mindfulness

Controversy erupted after a lecturer at the University of Alberta posted on Facebook in November that the Holomodor is a “myth.” Canada recognized the Holomodor — the death of millions of Ukrainians in 1932–33 due to Soviet policies — as an act of genocide in 2008. Here, the Holodomor Memorial, Kyiv, Ukraine. (Flickr/Matt Shalvatis)

Universities should stand up for integrity and public trust in teaching

Facebook announced Jan. 6 it will remove videos edited to mislead in ways that ‘aren’t apparent to an average person,’ and are the product of artificial intelligence or machine learning. Here, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a hearing at the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Deepfakes: Informed digital citizens are the best defence

Countering extremist anti-immigrant and racist attitudes and recruiting in Manitoba requires new approaches. Here, on the right, Hazel Ismail, with No One Is Illegal, calls for Winnipeg to become a sanctuary city, Feb. 3, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Communities can combat racism, hate with education

Students involved with the Resilient Schools Consortium in New York City quickly grasped the need for climate resiliency in their school buildings. Students from Mark Twain Intermediate School are seen here in October 2017. (Heather Sioux)

Students become sleuths to assess climate change risks

After Hurricane Sandy, educators in New York City partnered with environmental and governmental organizations to put youth at the centre of preparing for risks and hazards in their school buildings.
A sign and stuffed animal lay at the entrance to Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School ahead of a vigil for murdered 14-year-old Devan Bracci-Selvey, at his high school in Hamilton, Ont., in October 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston

Bullying won’t be curbed until we figure out what fuels it

A truly new approach to combating bullying would investigate the factors that make bullying attractive, rewarding and legitimized in the first place, both in schools and beyond.
Canadian universities need to reform the culture of the humanities so that careers outside the university are seen as just as valuable as tenure-track jobs. (Annie Spratt/Unsplash)

Humanities PhD grads in non-academic jobs could shake up universities

With the support of universities, PhD graduates working beyond the academy could bring their knowhow into PhD seminars or classrooms to help current students expand their career horizons.
The Beardy Blackhawks show solidarity after a game, thank each other and bring the game to a close, at Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation, Sask., Nov. 21, 2019. Robert Henry

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Bring back Beardy’s Blackhawks

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) recently eliminated the Beardy's Blackhawks Midget AAA team — but needs to reconsider the team's crucial community role in an era of reconciliation.
‘Frozen II’ sees Elsa move towards being herself without fear of harming others. Here, Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, sprinkling snowflakes on Bruni, a salamander. (Disney via AP)

‘Frozen II’ helps kids weather risk

Frozen II teaches children that venturing into the enchanted forest — stepping outside of comfort zones while looking to trusted guides or companions — can be a place of positive transformation.
Following a negotiation impasse, Ontario public secondary teachers walked off the job on a one-day strike. Here, striking teachers are seen outside the Toronto District School Board office on Yonge Street in Toronto, Dec. 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Ontario’s e-learning must address students with special needs

Ontario high school labour negotiations broke down over student quality of learning — including mandatory e-learning. Ontario has yet to explain how this will work for students with special needs.
Students walk on campus at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ont., in March 2017. An Ontario court recently ruled in favour of student associations and struck down an Ontario government directive that threatened their survival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Legal win doesn’t mean Ontario student groups in the clear

The survival of Ontario student associations, and the services they provide, depends on whether the government finds a way to lawfully implement its Student Choice Initiative after a legal defeat.
The new sign commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique shooting now recognizes that it was an attack against women and feminists. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Montréal Massacre finally recognized as anti-feminist attack

Thirty years after the Montreal Massacre that killed 14 women, new threats such as the incel movement pose dangers to the feminist movement.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for culturally relevant programming for sport officials as well as anti-racism awareness training. Here, former Chicago Blackhawks player Fred Sasakamoose is honoured at an Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks game in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Home game: Rethinking Canada through Indigenous hockey

If hockey is to be a sport that brings people together and fosters what’s best about Canada, it needs to reckon with Canada's -- and hockey's -- history of racism and settler colonialism.
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

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Teaching truth and reconciliation in Canada

Decolonized education means working with settler teachers to overcome guilt and find the courage to acknowledge privilege, racism and colonialism to work in partnership for a better future.
Helping children develop strategies for personal resilience has become a vital part of parenting and education. (Shutterstock)

Kids’ picture books nurture grit, determination

Literacy researchers analyze cross-Canada favourite books for kindergarten to Grade 2 readers, and suggest great "gritty" reads that can help normalize conversations surrounding failure and growth.
If Ontario rolls out mandatory high school e-learning with no in-person class hours, each student will lose 440 hours of face-to-face class time. (Shutterstock)

In Doug Ford’s e-learning gamble, high school students will lose

For high school students, e-learning is best introduced in face-to-face classes where teachers can meet a greater range of learning needs -- not as a completely online experience.
Universities have a responsibility to reduce barriers in student learning, and one way to do this is through creating textbooks that are free to students. (Min An/Pexels)

How textbooks could be free

Universities and colleges could eliminate textbook fees if they supported the creation of open educational resources.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours. (Shutterstock)

Infuse your family with generosity this Christmas

Children start developing empathy and compassion as toddlers and should have a good understanding of generosity by age nine. Parents can help foster these behaviours.
When a student dies by suicide, university communities grapple with the fact that an opportunity for a suffering person to receive help was missed. (Pexels)

We need ‘zero-suicide’ prevention on campuses

As universities advocate for 'zero suicide' frameworks, it is important for university leaders to work at suicide awareness, prevention and response, and to reinforce a culture of compassion.
Isn’t it weird that some words don’t rhyme that look like they should, like wood and food? (Shutterstock)

Fun with rhymes, word play helps kids read

With a complex language, like English, learning to sound out words is critical but not enough for learning how to read.

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