Thank your teachers

Friday, November 25, 2016

Teachers must respect student's names

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How Canadians can be more inclusive of diverse names

Teachers must respect student's names.
This is an excellent CBC radio program that gives some information of import to teachers with diverse school populations.
I recall trying to convince a student from China to use his given name. He preferred to use 'Kevin' instead. I tried.
 In a society as diverse as our own is today, it's just a matter of respect to become familiar with so-called unfamiliar names, especially at a time when racial divisions seem to be surfacing in the wake of the U.S. election. Because mispronouncing names is one of the everyday ways that people from diverse backgrounds may feel excluded.Actor and writer Shekhar Paleja (Pron: SHAY-kher Pel-LAY-jah) moved to Canada when he was eight years old and says he dealt with a healthy amount of racism in Alberta in the 80s.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Stand up against bullying

Friday, November 18, 2016

Kids and cell phones: advice for parents

Sometimes education is necessary for the parents, who can then educate their children.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection strongly suggests that parents consider the following when trusting their child with a personal mobile device:
  • Having conversations about the risks associated to complying with requests from other users and communicating with other users online whom the youth does not know offline;
  • Reviewing and utilizing any apps prior to allowing their child to download it on their personal device;
  • Ensuring that any apps being used by their child is age-appropriate;
  • Reinforcing and encouraging their child to bring forward any concerns that they encounter;
  • Stressing that they are always there to help their child through any difficult situation they may encounter both online and offline.
For more information on the risks youth face when utilizing live streaming applications, please see our brochure titled Keeping Teens Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation online and safety sheets on the topics of apps and online extortion.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Thank your teachers!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

New math or old math?

It really depends upon the learner and the teacher. Kids need arithmetic skills, then a basket of strategies to problem solve. They do need to understand many concepts, but if they cannot add, subtract, multiply or divide and depend upon a calculator, they will get bogged down. We used to recite times table while bouncing a basketball. It was a fun challenge! They encouraged one another.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Why are Canadian taxpayers subsidizing private school tuition?

To quote a friend, "This has always made me crazy."

We were hard-pressed to take the kids refused attendance at private or religious school.
Well religion has another aspect here. What I was able to find is an elite private Catholic school here, Vancouver College, issues a charitable donation tax receipt for approximately 80% of the total cost of tuition. 
Canada Revenue Agency offers a child care expense deduction for a variety of child care services. But in one of the clauses they permit a deduction for educational institutions — for the part of the fees that relate to child care services. "
Sending your child to a private school in Canada can have many perks. But recently, Vancouver writer Sandy Garossino discovered some of those perks are tax breaks from the Canada Revenue Agency, and now she's calling for the rules to be…

Monday, May 16, 2016

A private Chinese school should lose Ontario accreditation

The Premier's trade mission to China, where Kathleen Wynne met with CIA executive director Jennifer Xue.

A private school in Shanghai that was recently touted as a shining example of the international partnership between China and the Ontario government is in danger of losing its authority to grant Ontario high school credits following an investigation into allegations of corruption.

It is not a surprise. There are many reasons why Ontario's Ministry of Education should have been much more vigilant. It is the culture, in China, to use bribery for profit, and to ensure students look good. What is more criminal is that Ontario wasn't talking to Canadian teachers, and inspecting more often. Yes, it'll cost money, but our international reputation is at stake.

It is allegedly a pay-for-access scam to allow students into Ontario Universities, after seemingly possessing high school credits. The course hours were too low, violating a ministry mandate, there weren't enough qualified teachers, students who were unable to speak English, paid a fee to retake exams to have a passing grade. When I see trade delegations traveling to other countries, I wonder the price Canadians pay for this? The Canadian teachers overseas were fired, and kicked out of the country. It is shameful. 

When I was teaching over 25 years, I would often have a student in Canada, living with an extended family relative in order to learn English, graduate with an Ontario diploma, and enable them to go to University here.  Heads should roll. These schools need to be closed.
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