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Knowledge of the core educational controversies is a powerful tool in your search for the right school

There are a few reasons to acquaint yourself with the key issues in education:

  1. You’ll be able to better decipher “edu-babble” (coming from both schools and the media)
  2. You’ll be able to identify the reasons your child struggles and thrives under different systems/methods.
  3. You’ll be better able to find the right fit for your child. The private system offers a wide array of pedagogical approaches; understanding them is a necessary step to capitalizing on this wide selection.
  4. You’ll be able to ask intelligent and probing questions on your schools visits, making them a lot more productive.

Becoming our better selves


The relationship betweengender, sexuality,and boarding school has always been an uneasy one. At one time,parents looked to boarding school to enforce what they would have considered to be normative behaviour. Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communications, recalled that “my pediatrician advised my mother that I sho... [Read More]


5 trends in private education


In the 21st-century classroom, schools are redefining what it means to be “smart” through unconventional means: the arts. Research shows that studying the arts may not only help students get good grades, but is linked to social and emotional development, problem solving, cognitive ability, critical thinking... [Read More]


Inquiry-based learning and the seven Cs with Kate Sharpe


Ourkids.net asked inquiry-based learning expert Kate Sharpe to discuss her unique approach to the style of classroom learning. Through a series of questions, Sharpe offers her philosophy on how students – and teachers – can benefit from a critical coaching skills and conversational-based learning model.... [Read More]


Experiential Learning: How 'learning by doing' is making a comeback


Many parents and educators are advocating for a revised curriculum, one that places a greater emphasis on experiential learning (learning by doing). Teachers can make a meaningful impact in a child’s learning by providing genuine learning experiences inside, and outside of the classroom.A number of private school... [Read More]


The problem with discovery-based math


Math provokes more feelings of anxiety and frustration than any other core subject for countless elementary and middle school students.However, in recent years, it appears that more and more parents are experiencing and even greater level of stress as they attempt to help their children with math homework. Has math adv... [Read More]


Guest post by Michael Zwaagstra: What's wrong with our schools


Whatever happened to common sense in education? If you are a parent, teacher, principal, or school trustee, perhaps this question has crossed your mind. Perhaps you have even heard the same question, or a similar one, from your children's teachers, your neighbors, or your friends. Whether it is the lack of content... [Read More]


Ten reasons children should read comic books


Sadly, comic books have often been looked at as a second-rate form of literature. Educators and parents, alike, have long preferred books that were heavy on text, and light on illustrations. Proclaiming "the classics" as a means by which all children should be educated was forever at the foundation of Languag... [Read More]


Are technological devices stunting the learning curve?


Are technological devices used today creating a generation who can't spell or use proper language?

Hello, my name is Marissa Rosenberg and I am afraid that I may not be learning as much as previous generations because of technology.

Think about it...Are we turning out the first generation of students who don't kn... [Read More]


The future is now


When Apollo 11 reached the moon, Neil Armstrong famously said “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” When Apollo 13 got in trouble the following year, James Lovell also addressed Houston, though with a decidedly different message: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”Houston, in... [Read More]


The case against 21st century schools


A "21st Century Skills" movement seems to be emergingas the latest panacea in the peculiar world of public education.Since the appearance of Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap (2008), the movement has been in full flight.From his perch at Harvard, Wagner wields enormous influence, particularly in th... [Read More]


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