A recent Ontario study of some 700 children attending the new Full-Day, Two-Year Kindergarten program claimed that the first cohort was better prepared to enter Grade 1, showing strong language development, improved communications skills, and better social skills. … More
About Paul W. BennettFounding Director, Schoolhouse Consulting, Halifax, NS
Bright red pencils and bold X’s used to be the preferred tools of correction in the North American classroom. Those methods came naturally to educators with a bred-in-the-bone urge to correct others. … More
High school graduation season has come and gone and it seems an opportune time to step back and try to assess the whole matter of rapidly rising graduation rates.
Now that high school graduation rates have topped 80 % in most Canadian provinces and some American states, it seems reasonable to ask whether rising levels of student “attainment” are actually the best way of measuring actual “achievement” levels. … More
Educators are well known for recycling. The so-called “21st Century Learning Skills”, as Bob McGahey of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation recently noted, are a classic example of the phenomenon. Anyone familiar with North American education over the past fifty years is immediately taken aback seeing such old panaceas being repackaged around technology as the solution to education’s current problems. … More
TED Talks are all the rage in today’s North American education world. Since British educational visionary Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 star turn in “Schools Kill Creativity,“ the short You Tube video talks have become a staple at most provincial teachers’ conferences and local Professional Development Days. … More
Thinking deeply about the story of public schooling can land you in trouble. That’s why Zander Sherman’s first book, The Curiosity of School: Education and the Dark Side of the Enlightenment could well be the most stimulating Canadian contribution to the Great Education Debate in decades. … More
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