Why You Don’t Want Zinchuk To Design Bridges - Part 4 of 4 – September 30, 2009
Yet every day, in nearly every school, we are telling students that they can’t fail. We want them to feel good about themselves, so it doesn’t matter if they actually know the subject material. They still pass.
Little Johnny’s Purpose In School: Take Up Space - Part 3 of 4 – September 28, 2009
For the molly-coddling crowd, this concept is “tailoring the lesson to the student.” To anyone with common sense, it means the student hasn’t learned anything before, and now the whole class is suffering because of it. Those who are actually at the competency of the grade level they are in end up losing the teacher’s focus, because they end up re-teaching grade six, again, each and every class.
Drinking The Kool-Aid – Are Senior Educators From Another Planet? - Part 2 of 4 – September 25, 2009
What’s worse, if you want to advance into administrative roles in the education system, you pretty much have to drink the Kool-Aid on social promotion, otherwise you, yourself, are unlikely to be promoted. Think otherwise, and that principalship, and its pay raise, are a pipe dream.
You Can’t Fail In School Anymore, But You Can Fail In Life - Part 1 of 4 – September 24, 2009
For anyone who remembers school as a place where you had to learn the three R’s, or else, a day in the classroom today is almost unrecognizable. Teachers now have nebulous goals of the well-being of the whole child, good self esteem and the like, as opposed to, “Can Johnny read or not? Can he do long division?”
Food For Thought – December 26, 2008
Many people think that Canada’s high standing on the recent PISA tests means that Canadian students are doing well academically. But there is more to this story than meets the eye. In fact, the PISA tests say nothing about advanced academic learning – like, say, the ability to read sophisticated text or explain E=MC2. Rather, the tests measure how well students can use very simple arithmetic and literacy skills to solve everyday problems.
Tuition Freeze Continues Post-Secondary Degradation – April 15, 2008
Political posturing and "optics" have again taken precedence over sustainability and good governance.
Post-Secondary Spending: Let the Debate Begin – June 1, 2005
The presidents of Manitoba's colleges and universities want more money. But how wisely are they spending what they already have?
Yes to Merit Pay for Teachers – January 1, 2005
A Michigan teacher makes her case for introducing merit pay into her profession.
Reinstate the Standards Tests in Grades 6, 9 – May 5, 2004
Modified Voucher Would Improve Public Education – April 1, 2002
Public education is in crisis and something needs to be done about it.
Lifelong Learning Requires Policy Reforms – January 1, 2002
Despite widespread agreement of the critical importance of "lifelong learning", the vested interests of Canada's higher education system are determinedly resisting reforms that would make this goal achievable
Reforming Public Education in Canada – July 1, 2001
The reformist approach to better education involves decentralizing control of the product to the school level, rewarding teacher performance and holding principals responsible for outcomes.
Don't Scrap Standards Tests In Public Schools – February 1, 2000
In the mid-1990s the former Conservative government introduced standards tests for students in Grades 3, 6, 9, and 12. These tests were designed to reflect the widespread concern that learning outcomes needed to be assessed at various stages during the educational lives of students.