Young people have as much to teach as they do to learn

Three ways to get youth involved in community building – for a better Canada

Young people have as much to teach as they do to learnBy Sen. Art Eggleton and Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain In recent years, Canada has seen a spike in youth engagement in the volunteer sector. That’s very good news. This has largely come about because of high school programs that require a minimum number of volunteer hours to graduate. The idea is that youth have plenty to…

The case for repealing Suzuki’s honorary degree 

With views so antithetical to university’s value system, Suzuki is incapable of honouring the spirit of the school

The case for repealing Suzuki’s honorary degree As a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, I have written the school’s senate and its president urging them to reverse the decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree. I pointed out that the decision is contrary to the strategic plans of both the senate and the university. Here’s why: The…

Intemperance and intolerance in campus culture clashes

Students of the snowflake generation feel empowered to videotape, confront and swarm professors with whom they disagree

Intemperance and intolerance in campus culture clashesI must confess to a crime. Many years ago, when I was still in my 20s, I was enjoying a late-night non-alcoholic beverage with an old friend from my high school days. Our talk turned to the teachers in our adolescence, some of whom we revered, some of whom we despised. The memory of one…

Social criticism is too important to leave to the trolls

Trolling requires a person to suspend thought. To hate any thought that isn’t their own. To smash, destroy and bully

Social criticism is too important to leave to the trollsEverybody’s a critic, they say. But that’s not true. Some people are critics, in the true sense of the word, and contribute positively by determining the meaning and value of social and cultural artefacts. Critics shape culture, teach audiences and direct attention. Critics aren’t trolls. They create and elevate discussion and, by elevating discussion, enlighten…

Don’t be average, be legendary!

A record 180 students from Grade 7 to 12 attended the two-day leadership event, finding plenty of inspiration to accomplish great things

Don’t be average, be legendary!Kevin McBain of The Clarion Elizabeth Middle School was the site for the 11th annual 2018 Sun West School Division Student Leadership Conference on April 19 and 20. A record number of Grades 7 to 12 students, 180, attended the two-day event from about 16 schools in the school division. The event is completely organized…

Social justice warriors love diversity, except of opinions

Would you want your favourite sports team to choose its players based on diversity, or on the best players out there?

Social justice warriors love diversity, except of opinionsTwo academic conferences have recently been criticized for not being sufficiently diverse. A conference to empower women and train them for leadership was cancelled by St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., because, according to school officials, the lineup of speakers did “not reflect the diverse St. Kate’s community of today nor the world of…

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parents

Alberta’s Bill 24 ignores the fact that predators thrive in an environment where secrets are kept from parents

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parentsIt would seem like obvious common sense that secrets should not be kept from parents about what their children are doing. Especially when it comes to other adults talking to children about sex. Child abuse, sexual or otherwise, occurs most often when parents are absent and unaware. Countless Canadian criminal cases demonstrate that predators, abusers…

The complexity, nuance and truth at the heart of residential schools

It’s instructive that no credible alternative to the residential schools has ever been put forward

The complexity, nuance and truth at the heart of residential schoolsWith a few idle hours, I sat down to watch director James Mangold’s 2007 film, 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. I’d popped the DVD into the player because a good action film that pitted the good guys against villains with six shooters seemed like an entertaining way to divert my mind…

Market principles offer solutions to teacher shortage

One way to increase the applicants is to make the job more desirable, particularly by paying more

Market principles offer solutions to teacher shortageNova Scotia doesn’t have enough substitute teachers. The shortage is so severe that school boards are hiring people without teacher’s certificates to fill substitute positions. In many cases, regular teachers must use prep time to cover for absent colleagues. To make things worse, there’s an ongoing shortage of specialty teachers, particularly in French immersion. In…

Can B.C. climb back to the education mountaintop?

For almost 20 years, the government has been at war with the teaching profession. New contract talks can change that

Can B.C. climb back to the education mountaintop?British Columbia’s educational system is one of the best in the world, according to documents published by the Conference Board of Canada and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). A BBC article referred to Canada as “An Educational Superpower” and British Columbia even ranks ahead of all other Canadian provinces. Yet B.C. schools are…