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CHARTER SCHOOL JUST A POOR MAN’S PRIVATE SCHOOL

CHARTER SCHOOL JUST A POOR MAN’S PRIVATE SCHOOL

By Dale Wallace

I recently saw the documentary movie Waiting for Superman. The movie has garnered much attention, and was even endorsed on Oprahrecenty. Without doubt, it is a damning indictment of the public education system in the United States. Continue Reading

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CENSORSHIP IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS

CENSORSHIP IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS

By Dale Wallace

I just finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl that Played with Fire. Both books were written by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson, and they are great books with intriguing plots and interesting characters. It was hard for me to put them down. I am now reading the third book of the trilogy The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I’ll probably lose sleep reading late into the night. Continue Reading

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HOW WOULD YOU RUN A SCHOOL LIKE A BUSINESS?

HOW WOULD YOU RUN A SCHOOL LIKE A BUSINESS?

By Dale Wallace

Recently, the National Post ran an article on standardized test results in Ontario schools. Apparently, there has been little improvement in the cumulative test results over the past number of years. The people and students of Ontario should not fear, however, because there is a cure for the chronic malaise in the test scores. Continue Reading

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LET’S NOT DECIDE SCHOOL SCHEDULES BASED ON CHEAP VACATION TIMES

LET’S NOT DECIDE SCHOOL SCHEDULES BASED ON CHEAP VACATION TIMES

By Dale Wallace

For whom does the bell toll? Right now it’s tolling for some students in the Calgary Catholic School System. The Catholic School Board runs six schools that operate on a year-round schedule. These kids were back in classes as of Thursday. Continue Reading

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TEACHER LAYOFFS – NOT THE SCHOOL BOARDS’ FAULT

TEACHER LAYOFFS – NOT THE SCHOOL BOARDS’ FAULT

By Dale Wallace 

 The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) has announced that they are cutting 192 teaching positions, 79 support staff positions and 6 caretakers. The CBE is not the only school board to do so; teachers and support staff are being laid off around the province. It is very sad, but the CBE and other school boards are taking the correct action in light of government cuts to education funding. Continue Reading

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TEACHERS CAN TEACH BETTER WHEN…

TEACHERS CAN TEACH BETTER WHEN…

By Dale Wallace 

On June 8, the Calgary Beacon published a column by Michael Zwaagstra. In the column he was critical of the Inspiring Education Report released by the Education Minister of Alberta Dave Hancock. Unfortunately, Mr. Zwaagstra’s column is evidence of luddite-like thinking. Continue Reading

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B.C. CATHOLIC SCHOOL LOSES MORAL HIGH GROUND BY FIRING LESBIAN

B.C. CATHOLIC SCHOOL LOSES MORAL HIGH GROUND BY FIRING LESBIAN

By Dale Wallace 

In my column entitled “Apologies or Apologist?” I wrote the following sentence: “Schools that have been supported by religions have long thought they have a monopoly on morality.” The point being that religious schools are in fact falling down in the area of morality. Continue Reading

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NO MORE SEX IN SCHOOL

NO MORE SEX IN SCHOOL

By Dale Wallace

It seems like the Department of Education in Ontario has pulled a boner and found themselves crotch-deep in hot holy water this past week. Continue Reading

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APOLOGIES OR APOLOGIST?

APOLOGIES OR APOLOGIST?

By Dale Wallace

In the media there is a lot of apologizing going on these days. Tiger Woods, Jesse James, and even Pope Benedict XVI are just a few that have come forward to apologize for their own misbehaviour or that of the institution that they lead. Apologies are good. It is the first step in making restitution for wrong doing. The next step is for the individual or institution to change their behaviour so the wrong doing does not reoccur. Continue Reading

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ENCOURAGING REAL LEARNING ENCOURAGES BIG THINKERS

ENCOURAGING REAL LEARNING ENCOURAGES BIG THINKERS

By Dale Wallace

 In his March 22nd Hammer Time column, Markham Hislop reported on the Big Ideas Conference held at the Calgary Public Library on March 19, 2010. Apparently, the problem with the conference was that there were few big ideas brought up. Continue Reading

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