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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.

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]


Homework wars: how much homework is enough?


In choosing a school for your child, you’ll want to look at its homework policies. You might be surprised by how much these vary between schools.

Figure 1: The distribution for the amount of homework assigned in grade six among schools featured on OurKids.net.... [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.... [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]


Micro schools: the wave of the future


The one-room-school-house of the past is back, but it’s retooled and positioned to be the school of the future. Dubbed “micro schools,” these independent, often progressive schools have been opening across the UK, the US, and here in Canada. Many, though, have been around for decades.... [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]


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]


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