National Child Day 2023

Children’s Rights are Human Rights. But children are vulnerable and adults can abuse children’s rights, often without consequences. On November 20, National Child Day 2023, we can see so many examples where adult rights take precedence over the rights of children. We look to the wars in Ukraine, and Gaza/Israel. But children’s rights are trampled […]

The Other Side of Courage

The most important

child sitting on a bench

Empower Students Today: Student Voice Wanted!

This post is part of a series on the rights of children to an education free from violence. In Canada, it is still legal for adults to physically assault children under Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission published the Calls to Action in 2015. Call to Action #6 […]

A new football on the turf.

What Can Football Teach Us About Public Education?

How can we help parents get as excited about the quality of learning in schools as they do about the quality of the football?

The cover of the book "With All Due Respect" by Ronald Morrish

This Book Must Be Removed From Schools

I am not a book banner. Books that have been published in the past have value in understanding our historical context. However, books written to guide professional practice can’t be allowed when they cause damage, especially to children. What we know: Childhood Experiences Impact Brain Development Over the last decade our understanding of how the […]

The Level of our Systems

“We do not rise to the level of our goals, we fall to the level of our systems.” James Clear, Atomic Habits We’re great at dreaming up goals, aren’t we? High achieving educators probably have too many goals in mind most of the time! We are coached to write goals – SMART goals even – […]

This is a picture of a sign that says "Work in Progress"

Unfinished

I noticed such an interesting book title online this morning. I have yet to read this book, but the title so eloquently stated some of my fundamental beliefs as an education leader. I explored a preview of the book on Amazon, and I’ll share this one quote that stood out for me: “I’ve written this […]

This is a picture of DNA representing the many advances we have made in scientific understanding of the body over the past decade.

Teaching When Knowledge is Exploding

How did you feel when you first learned that Pluto was being demoted? Pluto is no longer a planet in the solar system, and people are mad about this! We have an emotional connection to what we learned in school, and what we know to be true. It’s disruptive and disturbing when we find out […]

This image shows a European Hawkweek with a bumblebee on it, as evidence of how wildflower (even invasive species) attract pollinators

Disturbing “Normal”

Which do you prefer for your front yard? Beautiful, perfect, manicured grass, or a more natural approach to landscaping? One of the youngest winners of this year’s Bondar Challenge questions our pursuit of perfect lawns: “People still pay a lot of money to get them [dandelions] out and take so long to dig them out.” […]

This is a lesser yellowlegs walking on a beach. It's an example of birds we need to learn to identify to better understand how our world is changing.

Species Literacy Matters

Do you know the difference between a Least Sandpiper and a Spotted Sandpiper? I don’t. I’m sitting here with hundreds of pictures of living things in my natural world, and I don’t know what they are. Over the last four days, I have been participating in the Nature Conservancy of Canada Big Backyard Blitz, an […]