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Cdn EdWire – Ontario a Hotbed of Education Controversy

Education-related controversies persist with parents requesting pre-approval of sensitive subjects taught to their children and the increasingly divisive teacher labour disruption.

Stock letter asks school to warn when sensitive subjects arise – Toronto Star

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Stock letter asks school to warn when sensitive subjects arise – Toronto Star

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‘My Children Are My Own, I Own Them’– The Tyee
That’s what an Ontario father is arguing in court against public school authorities. He goes too far. Here’s why.

Parents’ right to pull kids out of class should go only so far – Toronto Star

‘Family values’ versus public education – Toronto Star



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Ontario says it won’t block teacher strike – Globe and Mail

School boards group try to clarify the role of teachers – Toronto Star

What’s going on at school: A primer on the teacher dispute – Toronto Star

Students protest in support of Ontario teachers – Toronto Star

Dalton McGuinty pleads with Ontario teachers to return to extracurricular activities – TO Star

Alberta negotiating contract with highest-paid teachers among Canadian provinces – Calgary Herald
Union says issues more about working conditions than wages

Teacher pay: Canada near the top of the OECD class – Globe and Mail

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Scott Stinson: At this point, Ontario teacher protests are only hurting students – National Post


Teacher who was fired for giving students zeros finds new home at ‘old-fashioned’ Edmonton private school – National Post

B.C. teachers free to give zeros – Vancouver Sun

Edmonton teacher fired for ignoring school grading policy – Vancouver Sun

Edmonton teacher who fought ‘no zero’ policy gets the boot – Postmedia


Vancouver considers keeping older students in high school system – The Tyee

Why Kids Should Grade Teachers – The Atlantic

First Nations education not underfunded, figures suggest – CBC
Newly-released calculations show per-student funding equal or above non-aboriginal schools

Fate of intensive English program in Quebec’s French schools in limbo – Vancouver Sun

English immersion could be toast in Quebec – Vancouver Province

The $879,000 Reason to Stay in School– The Tyee
Dropping out concerns more than loved ones. This painful calcul ation shows your wallet suffers, too.

Science: It’s time to target the numbers – Halifax Chronicle Herald

Laptops versus pen and paper – Winnipeg Free Press
Schools debate changing world of technology

Schools booming with newcomers – Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
English programs expand

Africentric high school launches in Toronto with just 6 students – Toronto Star

Step away from the computer – Globe and Mail

EQAO results show dip in Grade 6 math skills – Globe and Mail

Education At A Glance 2012: OECD Report Finds U.S. Lags Behind Other Countries In Higher Education Attainment Rate Huffington Post

Welcome to My Class – The Tyee
This inner city public school teacher isn’t asking for charity. Her students need something else from us.

Investors give education technology firms the nod – Financial Post


Increase the Achievement Gap – The Clever Sheep
The constant flood of articles and system goals that proport to ‘close the achievement gap’ has always left me a bit dismayed.  Is the ‘gap’ really a problem that should be addressed?  

My take is that we should actually aspire to the goal of increasing the achievement gap.  We would be successful should our highest flyers manage to reach beyond the expectations of those who imagine and publish learning outcomes.  Of course, we should celebrate the wonders of our most amazing students, not at the expense of other learners, but while we continue to help all learners achieve to their fullest potential.  It’s just that those with the greatest of potential, are rarely challenged to race beyond what most of their peers are capable of.  

But too often, it’s the gap that matters.  While ignoring or impeding the learning of our brightest students is one way to decrease the achievement gap, there is another ‘mathematical’ way to bridge the difference: Play the shell game….Read more 

Time to Push Back – Public Education – Culture of Yes
I have a different take on private school K-12 education than some in the public system.  I like it.  I think private schools are good for the public education system; the competition for enrolment from private schools forces us to stay at the top of our game.  While some debate the funding they receive from government, their existence, and the choice they offer for parents in the community ensures public education is not just a default option. This choice is especially true in a community like West Vancouver, with many families who can afford a private school education and excellent private schools in the community. While we rattle off a lot of statistics over graduation rates, and post-secondary transition, one statistic I am most proud of is the decade-long trend we have seen in West Vancouver, with families increasingly selecting public school for their children.  We have outstanding teachers, and our schools continue to refine their programs to meet the needs of the community. Read More

Can You Put a Label on Parent Engagement? – 4 Moms 1 Dream
We recently participated in a weekly discussion on the “Over-Engaged Parent”. A brief online description of the topic …“This week, we’ll discuss the strategies to work with those who over-control their children or those who, because of any number of perceptions, make unreasonable or unrealistic demands of their child and or their child’s education”…was referring to the Helicopter parents.  From the very first question which asked – “What does it mean to be too engaged in a child’s education? Is it possible? It very quickly became obvious that a number of participants believed that being a helicopter parent is the same thing as being an over-engaged parent.” Read More




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Max Cooke est le directeur général du Réseau ÉdCan.

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