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Jeffery Simpson on Education Policy

January 31st, 2011 No comments

In this article in the Globe and Mail, all manner of concerns regarding the Canadian Education System are addressed.

Excerpt from Jeffery Simpson:

"Regarding merit pay -- it's one of those non-debates that periodically flares; a non-debate because it ain't going to happen, given the fierce opposition of teachers unions. I think there's merit, if I can use that phrase, in top-up awards on a yearly basis, voted by teachers themselves or maybe students. But the unionized mentality of the teachers won't let it happen. Also, to be less pejorative, we dump many social and economic ills on schools and say: Fix Them. Kids from broken homes.."

I don't want to get too Globe & Mail centric by posting lots of articles... so within this article are many references to other articles on the subject if you feel like following a few links.

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It’s time – beyond time – to evaluate education in B.C.

January 30th, 2011 No comments

This article on CNN neatly sums up what I believe are some of the issues with the public education systems we have today.

“The problem is that educating young people is not like making motorcars — at all, " the author and educator said in a recent interview. "And one key difference is that motorcars have no interest in how they're made, and young people do."

Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail gives us this article on taking a look at educational reform in BC.

“Our students need to be highly creative, no rx strong communicators, pharm good problem solvers, informed decision-makers, and have well developed research and inquiry skills.”

Or this: “Learning for many students does not come from a textbook or from a classroom lecture. Hands on, self-directed but facilitated, problem-based learning is what truly engages our students. It inspires them to want to learn more. It sparks, motivates and feeds their imagination and creativity.”

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Why teaching is ‘not like making motorcars’

January 30th, 2011 No comments

This article on CNN neatly sums up what I believe are some of the issues with the public education systems we have today.

“The problem is that educating young people is not like making motorcars — at all, " the author and educator said in a recent interview. "And one key difference is that motorcars have no interest in how they're made, and young people do."

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The Korean Border – From Both Sides

January 30th, 2011 No comments

Someday, this will all change, so I'd really like to see the cement line from both sides real soon 🙂 ...

View from North                                               View from South

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The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

January 30th, 2011 No comments

I think these bridges, story located near Cherrapunji, site India… are beyond cool. They are created by “guiding” roots of rubber trees to cross from one side of a river to another. Each one takes about 15 years to grow, and can last 500 years or longer, continually becoming stronger!

This is one of wettest places on earth, and I MUST walk across them someday!

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