The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Whitbourne, schools, and democracy #nlpoli

Parents in Whitbourne took the provincial government’s English School District to court over the closure of the local school. They won. It’s proof that a few determined people can use the tools at their disposal to fight for what they believe in.  They don’t need some government-paid consultant, no matter what someone angling for a ...

staffroom confidential: Solidarity key to protecting public education

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students will be protesting education cuts in BC on Sunday. Families Against Cuts to Education is hosting the protests in five BC communities after yet another round of budget cuts for school boards and increased costs surreptitiously delivered through increases to BC Hydro rates and Medical Services Premiums. This, when ...

staffroom confidential: Solidarity key to protecting public education

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students will be protesting education cuts in BC on Sunday. Families Against Cuts to Education is hosting the protests in five BC communities after yet another round of budget cuts for school boards and increased costs surreptitiously delivered through increases to BC Hydro rates and Medical Services Premiums. This, when ...

staffroom confidential: Solidarity key to protecting public education

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students will be protesting education cuts in BC on Sunday. Families Against Cuts to Education is hosting the protests in five BC communities after yet another round of budget cuts for school boards and increased costs surreptitiously delivered through increases to BC Hydro rates and Medical Services Premiums. This, when ...

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner Since the massive public sector upsurge in the 60’s and 70’s, teachers unions in the US have been in a long steady decline in power. Only very recently, with the 2012 Chicago teachers strike, have we seen any resurgence in ...

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner Since the massive public sector upsurge in the 60’s and 70’s, teachers unions in the US have been in a long steady decline in power. Only very recently, with the 2012 Chicago teachers strike, have we seen any resurgence in ...

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner

Badass Book Review: The Future of our Schools, Teachers Unions and Social Justice by Lois Weiner Since the massive public sector upsurge in the 60’s and 70’s, teachers unions in the US have been in a long steady decline in power. Only very recently, with the 2012 Chicago teachers strike, have we seen any resurgence in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Learn Now. Pay Later. #nlpoli

A college or university education has an undeniable value both to the student and to the society as a whole. But should either party bear a disproportionate share of the cost of the education?  Of course not.  The challenge for policy makers in the provincial government and at the university and the colleges in the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Autonomy for Memorial University #nlpoli

One of the things about writing SRBP is that posts sometimes show changes in thinking as your humble e-scribbler gains more information. Over the last few posts and on Twitter, some of you may have seen a comment to the effect that you could replace the government subsidy to the university with a tuition hike ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: “China is already so yesterday” #nlpoli

Memorial University’s dean of graduate studies wasn’t so keen on China as a source of students in February 2011.  In a post on her blog Postcards from the edge, Noreen Golfman wrote; The point is that Memorial, if it is to play seriously in the realm of international recruitment, cannot afford merely to be part ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The price of subsidy – MUN Tuition

In early June, a CBC investigation revealed that Memorial University is charging special fees for some international graduates students. That was just one of a series of problems with the international student programs noted in the report.  Some of the students were Chinese.  As it turns out, 36% of Memorial’s grad students are from China.  ...

Bryan Crockett: Furthering education and reform

In his State of the Union address for 2013, President Barack Obama had several big themes, my favourite of which being education reform, focused at the high school level. In his address, he said: Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: We can get there from here #nlpoli

People across the province are astounded that some students at Memorial University cannot correctly identify countries, continents, and oceans on a map of the world. Geographic illiteracy shocks people.  Well, it should, just like they should be appalled that 44% of the people over 15 years of age in this province read below the minimum ...