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Educational consultant from Port Moody. "The Stuff Isn't What's Important" " School Wide Discipline Programmes Don't Work" " Vice Principals are crucial towards setting direction"

Remembrance Day – Thanks to Public Schools

Beyond teaching measurable information, one of myriad contributions of our public schools, is to help define Canadianism for a diverse group of young Canadians. Our observance of Remembrance Day is a concrete example of this function. Thanks to our public … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Resurrect Schools in B.C.

The only way to resurrect our public schools, is the same way we attacked them – incrementally and with firm purpose. If there ever was a time when “just throwing money at the problem doesn’t work” is true, it’s now. … Continue reading

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The Vice Principal Chronicles – #1 ” Sideways, Not Head On”

The Vice Principal casually approached the herd of faux rebels who were in daily slouch outside the cafeteria.He knew to approach teenagers, especially these teenagers, sideways, not head on. They were the only identifiable group in the school that cultivated … Continue reading

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Trump is Winning

I’m very worried about the future of the US. I’m not sure the country can survive as a democracy. Trumpism’s partisans  are winning the pitched propaganda battle in the US. Trumpians have a 24/7 propaganda channel( Fox), a major web … Continue reading

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Trudeau is Right About Citizenship Guide

Justin Trudeau Is Right. Trudeau doesn’t think that our Canadian Citizenship Guide should use the word “barbaric” to describe “honour killings, female genital mutilations, forced marriages, and other gender based violence.” I agree with him. Trudeau abhors these cultural practices … Continue reading

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Should Remembrance Day be a Canadian Holiday?

My “let’s have a parade” colleague wants to make Remembrance Day a national holiday. He suspects that bigger, more overt displays on Remembrance Day might intensify our appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who went before. But would it? … Continue reading

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FSA Tests are a Political Football

AS I SEE IT – Jim Nelson So the annual hand wringing over the Foundation Skills Assessments tests begins again: Why are teachers so dead against them? Is it just that awful B.C.T.F. being radical again? Should we keep our … Continue reading

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“Gas Prices Up This Long Weekend? Oh, it’s the Eclipse”

    $1.37 per litre for gas this long weekend. Oil company apologists have absolutely abrogated any responsibility for this, outright gouging of Vancouver drivers. The price of gas has plummeted from $100.00 plus in 2010 to a little more … Continue reading

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Hamburg’s Weekly Magazine “Der Spiegel” Rips Donald Trump

Here’s the pertinent bits of Der Spiegel’s Trump indictment,which is both bacterial and viral!   “The U.S. elected a laughing stock to the presidency and has now made itself dependent on a joke of a man. The country is, as … Continue reading

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Four Reasons Why Losing the Courtenay/Comox Recount Might Help the N.D.P.

  If the BC(neo)Libs overturn the result in Courtenay /Comox, the parliament seat count would be 44- 40- 3. That looks like a majority, but another election would soon result, as the BC(neo)Libs have few policies even close to palatable … Continue reading

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