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
Pop quiz: Can you name three workplace benefits won by Canadian unions in the past century? What are some of the biggest labour organizations in Canada? What is the Rand formula?… More
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
I don’t know about you, but I am in the thick of exams. At the Senior Years level, we have been using exams as a huge summative assessment piece intended to perhaps supply a bookend to the year and establish some sort of “rigour” within the learning process.… 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
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