Statues tell a story that people need to hear

You could fill volumes with the uncomfortable statements uttered in the past by people whom we now revere, from Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi

Statues tell a story that people need to hearFrantic officials in the American south are joining with the Taliban and Islamic State as the latest group to destroy memorials to the past. Specifically, they are tearing down statues in praise of the Confederacy. We might well examine the racist speech of Civil War-era politicians to see what motivates the iconoclasts of today to…

High grades for Canadian students, high praise for their teachers

Canadian students’ results in literacy, mathematics and science are among the best in the world. What drives our schools to be so good?

High grades for Canadian students, high praise for their teachersA recent BBC article called Canada “an education superpower.” It referred to the fact that, in recent years, Canadian students’ results in literacy, mathematics and science are among the best in the world. We’re in the same echelon as countries like Finland and Singapore. The article drew primarily from results of the Programme for International…

Environmental propaganda masks positive reality

Al Gore, David Suzuki and others would rather scare our children than tell them about the valuable contributions Canada makes every day to protect our planet

Environmental propaganda masks positive realityThe release of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power has drawn reactions from environmental groups and their critics, and made for some insightful dinnertime conversation with my children. Like many Canadian kids, they watched Gore's first film, An Inconvenient Truth, in the classroom. What bothers me is my children's belief that their…

Robots in the workforce: resistance is futile, so we must adapt

Nearly half of the Canadian labour force is at high risk of automation within the next two decades, so how should we prepare?

Robots in the workforce: resistance is futile, so we must adaptAutomation has become a scary word. As new technologies proliferate, unease and uncertainty surround the labour market of the future. Will jobs be destroyed? Created? Can a robot really replace what I do? What kind of career should my child pursue if we don’t know what the jobs of the future will look like? How…

B.C. government wants to fix a school system that isn’t broken

B.C. students lead Canada in student performance in several areas while keeping per-student costs in public schools among the lowest in the country

B.C. government wants to fix a school system that isn’t brokenBy Ben Eisen and Angela MacLeod The Fraser Institute Are British Columbia's schools really “starved” for resources? After a close election and lengthy period of uncertainty, New Democratic Leader John Horgan and his cabinet have been sworn into office. Former NDP leader Carole James is the province’s new finance minister and former education critic Rob Fleming…

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderism

A handful of Ontario school boards have decided that parents shouldn't be told if their child has adopted a transgender identity

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderismA handful of Ontario school boards have implemented policies that allow children from junior kindergarten to Grade 12 who have adopted a transgender identity to keep it from their parents. It’s a presumption that the choice may not be as readily accepted in the household, and that schools and educators will provide a safer environment.…

A 21st-century guide to career success

Our hints to help you get started on a successful career in a world of contract, short-term and part-time work and where robots are replacing humans in the workplace

A 21st-century guide to career successRoadmaps are obsolete. GPS guides us now. But there are still some things GPS can’t find, like a good career. For baby boomers, the path was simple: Stay in school, ideally through college. Get a job in a large corporation or government, and a few decades later collect a pension. The formula didn’t work for…

Medical schools failing to help students develop their careers

Admission into medical school is not a ticket to a successful career. Physicians actually have a higher rate of unemployment than the national average

Medical schools failing to help students develop their careersExposure to career planning will ensure medical students make the most of their training. While many blame government cutbacks of medical residency positions for the tragic suicide of Ontario medical student Robert Chu, I believe part of the fault rests with medical programs that don’t expose students to career exploration and planning. Based on a…

Satisfaction comes with sharing other people’s joy

There are a number of ways to cultivate positive empathy (ability to share other people's joy): spending time with children and animals, and seeing beauty in art and athletics

Satisfaction comes with sharing other people’s joyHaving worked in education for more than 30 years, I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet. I look forward to continuing in my profession until I’m in my 70s. What is it about what I’m doing that gives me such joy? How does one achieve professional satisfaction? Stanford University psychologist Kelly…

KCS Class of 2017 ready to take on the world

61 members of Kindersley Composite School received their diplomas on June 29

KCS Class of 2017 ready to take on the worldKevin McBain of The Clarion Sixty-one members of Kindersley Composite School (KCS) Class of 2017 received their graduation diplomas on June 29 on the stage of the Co-op arena. Teacher Ryan Street, acting as Master of Ceremonies, did a great job at keeping the evening running smoothly, even sprinkling tidbits of wisdom as the evening…

English public schools becoming less popular in Saskatchewan

French schools increased their share of students, as did Catholic schools. And independent schools and home-schooling options are becoming far more popular

English public schools becoming less popular in SaskatchewanChoosing a school other than your local English public school is increasingly popular in Canada and Saskatchewan is no exception. According to a recent analysis of Ministry of Education enrolment data by the Fraser Institute, the share of students attending English public schools in Saskatchewan showed one of the greatest declines in Canada over a…

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsense

Why is the university pretending indigenous knowledge and science are the equivalent of our written knowledge base? Why are they allowing this farce to unfold?

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsenseI recently listened to an interview of the new head of the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Knowledge department on CBC radio. She articulately explained that “traditional knowledge” and “indigenous science” have been vital to the survival of the aboriginal culture. A hunter-gatherer culture depended on information about the movement of animals, weather changes and the…

The shift away from public schools in B.C.

B.C. policy-makers would be wise to take note that independent school enrolment is increasing and public school numbers are down

The shift away from public schools in B.C.By Angela MacLeod and Deani Van Pelt The Fraser Institute Funding for independent schools may well be reviewed by a new NDP government in British Columbia despite a growing preference for independent schools by B.C. families. But the enrolment numbers bear scrutiny before any major changes in policy are made by the New Democrats, if they…

The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summer

Our summers were a collage of friends, exploration, interaction, self-discovery. We were doing everything. Our kids deserve the same

The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summerMillions of Canadian children are no doubt thrilled as summer holidays begin this week, after months of classrooms, tests and teachers. Most of us remember the long and lazy days of summer – an entire two months of winding down after a structured 10 months of schooling. For many of us raising kids today, summer…

Opening the doors to innovative young Canadians

The federal $221-million investment in work‑integrated learning placements for post-secondary students and graduates must include colleges and polytechnics

Opening the doors to innovative young CanadiansBy Nobina Robinson Polytechnics Canada and Denise Amyot Colleges and Institutes Canada When parliamentarians return to their ridings for the summer recess, they’ll have many opportunities to congratulate this spring’s post-secondary graduates, proud of their achievements and eager to take their place in the workforce. Students with credentials from one of Canada’s colleges, institutes or…