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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"

Finnish Schools Don’t Stress Testing or Competition

There are no mandated standardized tests in Finland, apart from one exam at the end of students’ senior year in high school. There are no rankings, no comparisons or competition between students, schools or regions. Finland’s schools are publicly funded. … Continue reading

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Wikipedia – “fascism”

“,,,Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete, and they regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties. Such a state is … Continue reading

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“School Choice”

Re-posted from  Nov.22nd, 2013     We’ve got lots of options and “choices” in our  public schools. Early education, adult education, French Immersion, Montessori, special needs, gifted, music, drama, technology, behaviour, alternate, and  E.S.L   programmes- to name just a few. … Continue reading

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Leap Manifesto – it’s getting less scary.

Don’t leap to conclusions or let the manifesto part scare you. The leap idea,  is  a sensible and exciting concept. Leapers say that incremental environmental steps are no longer sufficient interventions and that taking the “leap” toward non- carbon producing … Continue reading

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One Nation Under God

In addition to coining the still contemporary phrase “military industrial complex”, U.S. President Dwight D Eisenhower also played a pivotal role in bringing religion and the Church back into government. Below is a passage from the book “One Nation Under God” ,which … Continue reading

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“That Other Party” on Education

The American school system is completely broken. The quote below is from a recent Donald Trump   Jr. speech. It shows the complete lack of understanding most Americans have about what public schooling is; The other party gave us public … Continue reading

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In the U.S. It’s Now “Government Schools” not “Public Schools”

This is the latest anti -education attack on public schools in the U.S.. It seeks to equate public schools to the “nanny state” ,demanding freedom from what they call the shackles of Government education. It’s piffle, but it’s dangerous piffle … Continue reading

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Thank You For Your Service to Our Country

Ever wonder why Canadians are universally considered “nice”… and tolerant, considerate, and terminally apologetic? Some of these things have been bred into us by family and are reflected in our social structures. And there are historical, and anthro/sociological forces that … Continue reading

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B.C. Public Education Funding Announcements – New Rules

As we approach next year’s provincial election, it would seem prudent to establish a few Maher -like rules to govern the myriad education funding announcements we are in for over the next few months. New Rule # 1) With each … Continue reading

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Ten Vancouver Tourism Slogans for February

After the wettest couple of months ever, Tourism B.C. is struggling to come up with catchy new ad slogans to get the world to come to the coast in February. Here are some suggestions: 1) “ Californians are flocking to … Continue reading

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