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First Nations demand a better deal from the Canadian Government during a massive December 2012 protest on Parliament Hill. (Photo: Obert Madondo)
A report released by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) on Thursday says the Harper Conservatives are failing BC’s First Nation children and on-reserve schools.
The report, titled First Nations School Infrastructure Funding Requirements: British Columbia, shows that the schools are severely underfunded. And, they’re much older than B.C. public schools.
“Baseline federal funding for First Nations school infrastructure in British Columbia is $26 million. The PBO estimates that sustaining (Read more…)
From Life and Fate:
“My faith has been tempered in Hell. My faith has emerged from the flames of the crematoria, from the concrete gas chamber. I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent in the struggle against man. The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of it immortality.
It can never be conquered.
The more stupid, the more senseless, the more helpless it may seem, the vaster it is. (Read more…)
The results for PISA 2012 are in. PISA is an international survey done every three years to assess the competencies of 15-year-olds from 65 countries in key subject areas. Here’s what they found. Read more…
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans science library recently consolidated 11 locations to four. What does this say about the H…
Group opposes the government’s reworked plan for aboriginal education
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The following is an update on job action and contract negotiations at the University of Windsor and a number of unions. The article was originally published in The Lance and is reprinted here with permission.
Sunday morning, CUPE loc…
Learn from the future… today! The University of California at Riverside is launching a program in Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies, for people who want to study how science fiction addresses our anxieties around technological change.Read mor…
OTTAWA — A university law professor is lashing out at a colleague, calling his recent complaint against Attorney General Peter MacKay to the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society “ill-advised, baseless and frivolous.” University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran made headlines […]
My summer vacation reading was a sunny little book by Nick Turse called Kill Anything That Moves. I finished the other book I was noshing on, the Age of American Unreason, just after returning from Kaslo and now I’ve started Chris Hedges book, the Empire of Illusion. Turse’s book is a necessary read for anyone who wants to understand what war is all about; I’ll be posting quotes from it here soon, but a work of that calibre needs time to digest, to make sense of the crushing sorrow it brings about.
Hedges book is similar (Read more…)
This week, Deutsche Welle Living Planet broadcast the first of my audio diaries from the Students on Ice 2013 Arctic Expedition. This first audio postcard captures the reflections of Canadian high school student Gerrit Wesselink as he travels up the western coast of Greenland and across the Davis Strait to Baffin Island and the eastern Canadian Arctic. Gerrit talks about his experiences on the trip, which include polar bear sightings, zodiac cruises in a field of giant icebergs and witnessing first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Arctic.
DW Living Planet is an award-winning international program that explores environmental (Read more…)
Oh Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Listen and watch this – this – is what good public broadcasting is like. Germaine Greer rocks the Sidney Opera house laying the smack down on Hitchens repeatedly throughout the program. Q&A is a joy to watch, and a feature that needs to be replicated on the CBC.
Oh and Peter Hitchens is an utter douche.
Filed under: Education Tagged: ABC, Dan Savage, Germaine Greer, Hanna Rosin, Peter Hitchens, Q&A
OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s largest aboriginal group says he is now optimistic that progress is being made on a federal plan to reform education in First Nations schools. For months, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn […]
Reggie Watts is a star in so many fields — comedy, music, funny voices — but who knew teaching science to high school students (in the ’70s, apparently?) would be one of them? So take a few to minutes learn with these kids about the wonders of single-celled organisms, protons, dimensional space, and day drinking.
Udacity’s first partnership with an institution of higher learning might not have turned out as well as it hoped, but a setback at San Jose State University won’t cause the online learning portal to call it quits on college campuses. Quite the con…
Amanda Ripley in conversation with Brian Bethune
Meet Pakistan’s first caped crusader, The Burka Avenger — a new superhero who’s promoting girl power in that country. But the new animated character is dressed in a burka, and that’s causing no small amount of controversy in Pakistan and abroad.
Anti-abortion Christian groups are notorious in Canada for setting up “Crisis Pregnancy Centres” as fronts to proselytize to women facing a pregnancy scare and are unsure whether to exercise their legal right to terminate it or not. The Centres are often filled with deceptive anti-choice propaganda and mislead women.
One such front group in Edmonton, Alberta offers a program called “WAIT! Let’s Talk Sex!” to local schools, with a strong emphasis on abstinence-only based education. Education that has been demonstrated time and again to fail students, leading to higher rates of dangerous sex, teen pregnancy, and sexually-transmitted (Read more…)
It appears that Ontario’s $1.5-billion-a-year full-day kindergarten experiment is a grave disappointment
Raspberry Pi computers have already proven to be valuable educational tools, but they’re largely blank slates until teachers (and curious owners) find the right software. As of today, that software search just got a lot easier. The company has rea…
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Men can be better than this. Change your thoughts, change the culture around *you*; take your spoons, speak up, and when you see the rape enabling BS, make a difference. Filed under: Education Tagged: Dudes, DWR PSA, Rape, Rape Culture
Yesterday morning, while this story was being filed, mainstream news outlets across the country broke the story of St. Mary’s University Frosh Week in which new students were caught on video chanting about forcing underage girls to have sex with…
Well, a new school year is about to begin, so it’s time to analyze just how much destruction the 1% will visit upon public education this year. Defunding, corporatization of curriculum, standardization of curriculum and experience, high-stakes testing, homogenization of experience…you know, the same old nonsense that drove me from teaching high school about a decade ago.
And it’s getting worse.
But who is is this vague 1%? Neoliberal governments and their “apostles,” which includes the BC NDP of the 1990s with some of their “reforms” as well as the usual suspects of the global power elite.
If the right-wing (Read more…)
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July 12, 2013
Education activist Malala Yousafzai marked her 16th …
From slates and chalk all the way to laptops and videogames, schools reinvent themselves for every generation. Today, we want to know what you think the classroom of the future will look like.Read more…
Summer vacation is in full swing, and chances are the last thing you want to think about is getting back to school, but the truth is, it is just over a month away. A smart budgeter should be at least thinking about it by now. Rather than focus on the b…
Meet the talent. Join the debate. That’s the promise of Intern magazine, a new, UK based bi-annual print publication that explores life for the growing class of young workers in the creative industries who work for free in exchange for exposure, contacts and international mobility.
Editor-in-Chief Alec Dudson is all too familiar with unpaid internships, having completed two before striking out on his own to start Intern. His goal, inspired by his work experience, was to create a well-designed magazine that explored internships from all angles — the good, the bad and the ugly.
On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, Syvlia McFadden and Carla Bergman talk about their work with The Purple Thistle Centre, a youth-run community centre for arts and activism in Van…
I’m standing with Francis Grenier in downtown Montreal, just blocks away from the spot where his life took a drastic turn. On March 7, 2012, Grenier, a 23-year-old visual arts student at Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, was attending one of his first demonstrations of his life, part of the growing Québec Student Strike. Without warning, riot police rushed in to disperse Grenier and his fellow students, who were engaged in a peaceful sit-in outside a university administration office. One police officer threw a sound grenade that exploded just above Grenier’s head. A piece of shrapnel tore into his eye, creating permanent (Read more…)
I began the ninth grade looking like a tortoise. I thought I looked cool: My new backpack, purchased at a bargain price from Costco, was Roots-branded, baby blue and bulky. It stuck out – and so did I. If first […]
Scooby Doo. Franklin. Extraordinary Animals. More Scooby. This is our usual range of nighttime reading before Will gets a back scratch and drifts off to sleep to dream about…you guessed it, Scooby Doo. Last night, I decided to inject a […]
In 1947, the Tucker Car Corporation opened shop at the Dodge Chicago Plant, the one-time world’s largest building located on the city’s southwest side, a stone’s throw from Midway Airport. Half a decade before, construction workers lovingly nickna…
The pennies are gone. Other than the handful you may still have wedged in between the couch cushions or lost in the abyss (aka the purse) somewhere, they are no longer wanted…although students from across Canada would tell you they [...]
TORONTO — In a heart-smashing bit of evidence, the jurors at the Ontario coroner’s inquest probing Jeffrey Baldwin’s death have learned that his big sister, all of seven at the time, tried to tell the world about him. It was […]
There is a lot to learn coming from Canada about the complicated education system serving England and Wales.
Differences abound from the widespread use of uniforms, to near-universal behavioural challenges, to the fact students don’t earn diplomas but are expected to either take the right classes to go to college (a step toward university) or just drift off into the workforce. There is also an intense effort by the government to oversee every aspect of the system through a convoluted merit-pay system and the teacher’s unions were debilitated by Margaret Thatcher.
Beyond all of that though, England has never had (Read more…)