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.
High schoolers in one Saskatoon school district will be marked on their behaviour for the first time — whether they show respect for their teachers and classmates, are punctual, and arrive at school prepared.
The pilot project, for about 1,200 Grade 9 students this year in the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board, is part of an educational trend toward better documenting behavioural issues.
MUMBAI: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is paying around Rs 4.8 lakh each to two MBA students for a 10-week internship. Campus sources say the chosen two, Simarpreet Singh from Gurgaon's Management Development Institute and Akhil Khanna of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in Delhi, are the highest paid summer interns in India across all sectors. BMGF, the largest private foundation in the world, has never offered internship programmes outside the US before. In the US, it partners with top universities including Duke Fuqua, Harvard and Stanford to recruit interns.
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.
Bill Gates wants to change how students learn history. As a recent feature in The New York Times Magazine details, the Microsoft founder and current richest man in the world went on a mission to change history curricula in the US after he became enamored with "Big History" — a series of DVD lectures from Australian professor David Christian.
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.
By Christian Magoon:Beginning next April, the Government of India's Planning Commission will launch India's 12th Five Year Plan. This plan will be primarily focused on infrastructure improvement of all sorts: Energy, Education, Transportation, Healthcare, Agriculture and much more.