Critical ThinkingCultureHigher Education

Towards a Campus Activism Reading List

Last month, I was reading an article written by (or at least attributed to) the Canadian columnist Margaret Wente entitled “The radicals have taken over: Academic extremism comes to Canada.” It’s a fairly standard take down of campus anti-racist, feminist and pro-LGBTQ politics, but I was interested in how it …

EducationHigher Education

Precarious Academic Employment and Material Goods Do Not Mix

This week is Fair Employment Week in Canada. It’s an annual event put on by the Canadian Association of University Teachers and their provincial counterparts to raise awareness of the precarious work conditions of adjunct employees. The week is usually marked by sad stories of the economic difficulties faced by …

Book Shelf Science and Skeptical Books
CultureEducationFeminismPrimary Education

Doing Diversity and Doing Diversity Right

Hello folks. I’ve been away for a while, and if you’re good kids I will one day tell you what I did while I was away. So now I’m back, and school’s back, so it’s time to talk a bit about diversity in schoolbooks. Diversity has been a big topic …

A puppy in cap and gown

The Great Didactic: Teachable Animal

Chapter 6: If a man is to be produced, it is necessary that he be formed by education Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings.  As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about …

An open book and its reflection

The Great Didactic: Introduction

Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings.  As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy and I never read the original texts.  Now I won’t say that I hold my head …

Listening to history by Bill Woodrow
EducationPop QuizSpecial Education

Pop Quiz: Books on Tape = Cheating?

Recently I was sitting in a meeting about a student, who we’ll call Kevin.  In this meeting were Kevin’s parents, the guidance counselor, his case manager, myself and the other teachers who teach him.  Kevin is undergoing a period of work avoidance, which is a relatively common problem.   As we …

A shelf full of books.
EducationHigher EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: The Horror of Textbook Prices

At the beginning of a new semester there is always a little bit of excitement in the air. Everyone looks fresh faced and ready to take on the subject at hand. I notice that as I pass out the syllabus and we go through it the students attentively listen with …

A shelf full of books.
Required Readings

Should high school attending adults be spanked? How much has America evolved on evolution? How harmful can fraternities be? – Required Readings

Good morning everyone, enjoy your reading and have a nice Sunday! Is America Evolving on Evolution? – there’s definitely still a long way to go. The Dark Power of Fraternities – I had always thought this was all exaggerated by movies, and it probably is, but not as much as …

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EducationPop QuizTechnology

Pop Quiz: Paper is Dead

Hey there, Doubters! Just a quick one from me today I’m afraid. I wanted to go back to a topic that I (and some of my fellow writers) have touched upon previously; namely the use of personal electronic devices in the classroom. However, today I’m specificlaly interested in discussing e-readers. …

Informal EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: What are you reading?

I’m in the midst of the “Complete Sherlock Holmes.” I admit my rather recent obsession has been spurred on by the particularly entertaining adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. But this is only the next in a series of “why didn’t I read this sooner?” books, stories, and series …