Larry Hubich's Blog: Open letter to Premier Brad Wall – CPP Improvements

Today I sent the following “open letter” to Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall respecting proposed improvements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  It is self explanatory:  (PDF version here) March 18, 2011 Honourable Brad Wall Premier of Saskatchewan Room 226 Legislative Building Regina, SK S4S 0B3 Open letter to Premier Brad Wall from SFL President, Larry ...

Pop The Stack: Sure science is great, but how does it make you feel?

A new study indicates that high school teachers in the US overwhelmingly softsell evolution in biology class. Beyond the 13% of teachers that actively teach creationism, apparently around 60% of teachers encourage students to treat this foundation of modern science as a moral belief.  The ‘controversy’ around evolution has been exaggerated to such an extent that teachers who ...

atypicalalbertan: On Being a Teacher, or Why Merit Pay Stinks.

I’m taking a course on organizational theory right now and the readings have caused me to reflect on an issue that is getting a fair deal of play in education right now – merit pay for teachers. There are many specific arguments that can be made as to why merit pay is a bad idea ...

Falcon Selling a Stale Bill of Goods to Teachers, Electorate

Kevin Falcon, believed to be a leading contender to replace Premier re-signate Campbell, has come forth with what can only be describe as the most arcane and idiotic of suggestions: a profit motive for better teaching. Here’s the skinny from the horses mouth himself: “I want to see good teachers rewarded,” Mr. Falcon said in ...

World Headlines Review: Riots and Disparity: Rome, London and Toronto

International headlines in the last two weeks have reported a massive amount of social unrest and unsettling news across the developed world, including riots and economic data which on the surface may appear discordant and unrelated, but are united as part of larger political and economic trends.  Fees Protest, by Andrea_F Days of protests and ...

McGuinty: A Product of Technology

Too bad no one was paying attention, after all they were probably too busy on social network sites reporting that he was about to make a comment. All the while missing the big picture entirely. The result ultimately trickles down to the youth of today’s technological society in this global village we call Earth. Ontario ...

atypicalalbertan: Fraser Institute is Flat Wrong

Earlier this year, I wrote about the Manning Centre for Democracy’s conference on Alberta’s future. What I didn’t discuss in that post was how I spent an hour in the afternoon in the foyer outside the conference room talking about education with Fraser Institute economist Peter Cowley. Cowley is the author of the Fraser report ...

DTK: Mike Harris’s Honorary Hypocrisy

Nippissing University, presumably out of some masochism or ignorance, has decided that Mike Harris is deserving of an honorary degree. Mike Harris. Remember him? I do. He’s the guy who wanted to “create a crisis in the education system.” Why? To improve it? No, that was the lie his government told on the outside. The ...

DTK: Mike Harris’s Honorary Hypocrisy

Nippissing University, presumably out of some masochism or ignorance, has decided that Mike Harris is deserving of an honorary degree. Mike Harris. Remember him? I do. He’s the guy who wanted to “create a crisis in the education system.” Why? To improve it? No, that was the lie his government told on the outside. The ...

DTK: Mike Harris’s Honorary Hypocrisy

Nippissing University, presumably out of some masochism or ignorance, has decided that Mike Harris is deserving of an honorary degree. Mike Harris. Remember him? I do. He’s the guy who wanted to “create a crisis in the education system.” Why? To improve it? No, that was the lie his government told on the outside. The ...

atypicalalbertan: Inspiring Education report comes with risks

Inspiring Education came out with its long anticipated report yesterday and the initial response is quite positive. The primary vision is reflected in the three-Es for an educated Albertan: Engaged Thinker, Ethical Citizen and Entrepreneurial Spirit. But a number of themes quickly emerge as being dominant in the report: a shift in student outcomes from ...

DTK: Sex Education in Ontario

Saw this one in the paper today: Schools Shouldn’t Teach Sexual Orientation Here’s the exciting stuff: In its Facts about Youth pamphlet, the U.S. pediatricians college states that most students (more than 85 per cent) with same-sex attractions will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. It further states that “declaring and validating ...

DTK: Sex Education in Ontario

Saw this one in the paper today: Schools Shouldn’t Teach Sexual Orientation Here’s the exciting stuff: In its Facts about Youth pamphlet, the U.S. pediatricians college states that most students (more than 85 per cent) with same-sex attractions will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. It further states that “declaring and validating ...

DTK: Sex Education in Ontario

Saw this one in the paper today: Schools Shouldn’t Teach Sexual Orientation Here’s the exciting stuff: In its Facts about Youth pamphlet, the U.S. pediatricians college states that most students (more than 85 per cent) with same-sex attractions will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. It further states that “declaring and validating ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Music teacher dismissed for being a lesbian parent

This is an absolutely disgusting display of discrimination. Little Flower Academy, a Catholic school in Vancouver, knew that Lisa Reimer was a lesbian when they hired her to instruct their all girls choir. Reimer went on leave when her partner gave birth to a baby and was told not to come back after parents of ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Music teacher dismissed for being a lesbian parent

This is an absolutely disgusting display of discrimination. Little Flower Academy, a Catholic school in Vancouver, knew that Lisa Reimer was a lesbian when they hired her to instruct their all girls choir. Reimer went on leave when her partner gave birth to a baby and was told not to come back after parents of ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Music teacher dismissed for being a lesbian parent

This is an absolutely disgusting display of discrimination. Little Flower Academy, a Catholic school in Vancouver, knew that Lisa Reimer was a lesbian when they hired her to instruct their all girls choir. Reimer went on leave when her partner gave birth to a baby and was told not to come back after parents of ...

Jacked Up: New Tory Drug Law

According to The Montreal Gazette, A federal bill to impose automatic jail terms for drug crimes, for the first time in Canada, is headed for passage in the House of Commons in a final vote that could happen as early as today. The Liberals are apparently going to vote in favour of this, despite being ...