When two Grade 6 students at St. George Catholic School in Ottawa were assigned a class project on social justice, they chose gay rights as their topic.
“A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing,” said 11-year-old Quinn Maloney-Tavares, who picked the topic with her friend, Polly Hamilton. “They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.”
But school principal Ann Beauchamp had other ideas. She vetoed the topic.
“The girls were upset and disappointed,” Quinn’s mother, Ann Maloney, said Wednesday.
EDMONTON – An Edmonton teenager and her mother have successfully filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, alleging the Edmonton Public School District’s use of a Christian fundamentalist abstinence education program infringed upon their rights as non-Christians.
Last July, Emily Dawson, then 17, was enrolled in a summer course of Career and Life Management at McNally High School. No Alberta high school student can graduate without taking CALM, a mandatory course.
Two facts --- students are taking longer to get their PhDs in economics, and students are dropping out of PhD programs before finishing. Faced with these facts, Greg Mankiw reflects on the structure of graduate education and the role that MA programs can in fact play in improving graduate education in economics.
Higher education is one of the great successes of the welfare state. What was once the privilege of a few has become a middle-class entitlement, thanks mainly to government support. Some 3.5m Americans and 5m Europeans will graduate this summer.
For Ontario students, EQAO stands for those pesky tests they have to write every few years up until Grade 10.
For teachers it’s a job requirement, one some consider valuable for the in-depth data they get about their students, and others see as a joy-killing, even dangerous, waste of precious time and money.
Parents, if they know the acronym, may still have only a fuzzy grasp of what it’s all about.
The Israeli education ministry has been accused of bowing to religious extremists after it agreed to censor a chapter on sex education from textbooks used in state-run religious schools.
Orthodox Jewish teachers and principals objected to the chapter in the science textbook that deals with reproduction, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
The ban will affect junior high school students in the “state-religious” educational system — meaning schools that combine religious and secular curricula.
I have a great deal of sympathy for Michelle Apperson, the Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" who was laid off. Assuming she deserved the award, she should not have been laid off.Sixth-grade teacher Michelle Apperson passed down a simple message to her students.