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…

We need to broaden our focus as we push for innovation

An inclusive talent strategy for innovation must include polytechnics and colleges – to produce skilled workers who can carry out, and scale up, concepts

We need to broaden our focus as we push for innovationNations need to have well-articulated strategies addressing science, innovation, competitiveness and productivity. Confusing or conflating these distinct but complementary goals is a recipe for underperformance. And, sadly, Canada underperforms where innovation is concerned. We need to take a closer look at how we develop and fund innovation talent in Canada to change this dubious record. While…

Eaton School holds graduation

The graduates and their guests gathered for a graduation banquet at the Eatonia Community Hall before moving on to the school for the exercises

Eaton School holds graduationTeachers, family, friends and other supporters packed the Eaton School gym to celebrate the accomplishments of seven students from the graduating Class of 2017. The class’s graduation exercises were held on June 10. The graduates and their guests gathered for a graduation banquet at the Eatonia Community Hall before moving on to the school for…

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusive

Fundamental to human rights in Canada is access to a public education system that offers choice and quality to the taxpayers who pay for it

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusiveChoice and opportunity should be fundamental to public education, but sometimes the argument gets muddied by peculiar personal perspectives. We’ve seen an unprecedented movement in Canadian publicly-supported schools to accommodate the needs and rights of minority groups such as LGBTQ, with the introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms and curriculum updates. Social justice issues have taken up…

Building a clean, green and smart Canada

Canada’s polytechnic institutions are developing the talent to drive the nation's dramatic next-generation infrastructure expansion program

Building a clean, green and smart CanadaBy Nobina Robinson Polytechnics Canada and Glenn Feltham NAIT We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history – one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure and it’s always been so. Our nation and its economy…

Treating everyone the same is bad for learning

The solution is not to opt for the lowest common denominator but instead to expand the levels of genuine school choice for students and parents

Treating everyone the same is bad for learningThe best teachers, the best schools, and the best education systems have caught on to something that parents already know: treating everyone the same works against growth and development. A small grassroots coalition called One Public Education Now (OPEN) is calling for the elimination of the separate Catholic school system in Ontario, claiming that doing…