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EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: STANDARDIZED TESTS ARE GOOD FOR STUDENTS

EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: STANDARDIZED TESTS ARE GOOD FOR STUDENTS

By Michael Zwaagstra

Imagine that you are feeling sick and visit your family doctor, who asks you to describe your symptoms.  You inform the doctor that you feel chilled and that you ache all over. Your doctor then places his hand on your forehead to check your temperature. Continue Reading

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EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: SHOULD STUDENTS WRITE STANDARDIZED EXAMS?

EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: SHOULD STUDENTS WRITE STANDARDIZED EXAMS?

By Dale Wallace

One of my friends is the Learning Leader in the Science Department of a large junior high school. One of the teachers in his department taught by mostly lecturing students and then having them answer questions from the textbook; there were few laboratory experiments done.

My friend attempted to work with the teacher to try to improve his teaching methods. After all, it is pretty well universally known that to do science properly experimentation is essential. However, the teacher refused to vary his methods and pointed to the excellent results his students obtained on the provincial standardized exam in science as proof that he was in fact teaching well. Continue Reading

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EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: EDUCATING 21st CENTURY STUDENTS

EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: EDUCATING 21st CENTURY STUDENTS

By Dale Wallace

Present day students have many needs, and one of those needs is to have a rich and broad education. Some educators believe that a rich broad education is to teach children general knowledge, help them develop skills, and instill society’s values. Even a past Dean of Education for the University of Calgary wrote that the main purpose of education is to pass on the predominate culture to the students. Continue Reading

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EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION?

EDUCATIONAL CROSSFIRE: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION?

By Michael Zwaagstra

Most people agree that public schools play an important role in society. For example, virtually everyone agrees that students should become good citizens and have the necessary skills to succeed in the world. Continue Reading

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BEACON INTRODUCES NEW COLUMN ON EDUCATION JUST IN TIME FOR SCHOOL YEAR

BEACON INTRODUCES NEW COLUMN ON EDUCATION JUST IN TIME FOR SCHOOL YEAR

By Markham Hislop, editor 

School begins today for many Calgary students and that puts education policy back on our intellectual and political radar.  The Beacon is pleased to introduce a new series of education columns by writers who have appeared frequently in these pages over the past year, Dale Wallace and Michael Zwaagstra.  It is called Educational Crossfire. Continue Reading

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