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Renaming Schools: Why are the “Sanitizers” Bent on Re-writing History?

Started Jul 8, 2011 0 Replies

You cannot get more American than George Washington, the President who adorns the One Dollar bill emblazoned with “In God We Trust.” Yet in 1992 he came under attack when the parents and staff at a…Continue

The “School Change” Wizards: What Drives Michael Fullan and his Disciples?

Started Feb 13, 2011 0 Replies

After thirty years, the Canadian grand wizard of “school change,” Dr. Michael Fullan, is still on top and controlling the public agenda. His seminal work, The New Meaning of Educational Change, first…Continue

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Founding Director, Schoolhouse Consulting, Halifax, Nova Scotia. After a teaching career spanning three decades, I'm an educational commentator, author, and independent consultant. In August 2009, I published The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World ( Lorimer Formac Books) and have two more books in the works, including a full history of Maritime Education from 1850 to 2010.

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Online Learning Debate: Why are Canadian Public Schools Lagging?

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 5:24pm 0 Comments

Online learning is very much in vogue, as are futuristic calls for public schools everywhere to embrace “21st Century Learning Skills.”  A small band of Canadian Information  Communication Technologies (ICT) innovators , inspired by futurists like Toronto author Don Tapscott, New Brunswick IT guru William Keirstead, and Vancouver teacher David Wees are certainly out there championing the cause.

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Teachers, Professionalism and Excellence: Why Do Unions Resist Teacher Excellence Initiatives?

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 8:24pm 0 Comments

Today’s public school teachers are on the firing line and find themselves caught on the horns of a dilemma. Since the advent of public schooling, teachers have aspired to be treated with the respect accorded professionals. From 1960 onwards, they have accepted teacher unionism and begun to act like educational workers as well as lower-order professionals. Most Canadians today consider teachers to be reasonably well-paid, favoured with generous pension benefits, and…

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At 1:20pm on February 17, 2011, Leslie Raffelson said…

Welcome to our Changing Education Paradigms group. We will be using this group as a discussion for our professional development day in our school in Peetz, Colorado. We have 18 educators in our school who will be participating. We welcome you and encourage you to share your insight and knowledge with us. Hope to see you in the discussion. (our staff will be doing this on 2/18)

If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Leslie

 
 
 

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