Learning styles myth needs to be rejected once and for all

Learning styles myth needs to be rejected once and for allThe learning styles myth perpetuates a falsehood about how students learn Are you a visual learner, an auditory learner, or a tactile-kinaesthetic learner? If you think this is a valid question, then you, like many others, have fallen for one of the most pervasive education myths out there. It’s not hard to test this claim…

School board meetings should happen in-person

School board meetings should happen in-personRemote meetings are often not taken as seriously as in-person meetings The Winnipeg School Division might soon allow delegates to present remotely at its board meetings. One of its rookie trustees recently introduced a notice of motion to allow this virtual option. Trustee Rebecca Chambers argues that this change would make board meetings more accessible…

How we teach reading really does matter

How we teach reading really does matterThe whole language approach to teaching reading has been devastating for students Reading is the most important skill taught in school. If students don’t learn how to read, not much else that happens there is going to matter. That’s because being able to read is essential in virtually every job. Without the ability to read,…

Misbehaving teachers must be held accountable

Misbehaving teachers must be held accountableAll students deserve to be safe and secure while at school The Manitoba government intends to improve how it handles teacher misconduct. In a recent news release, Education Minister Wayne Ewasko said his department is consulting with key stakeholders about this issue. It’s about time the province tackles this problem. The latest report from the…

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ model addresses the needs of today’s school children

A new approach to school-based social, emotional, and academic intervention needed

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ model addresses the needs of today’s school childrenAs children, families, and school staff settle into another school year, there is growing concern about the impact of COVID-19 on the development of children and youth and the subsequent increase in the need for specialized assessment and intervention services. Perhaps it is time to consider an alternate approach to school-based social, emotional, and academic…

How much homework is too much?

The underlying principle when it comes to assigning homework is balance

How much homework is too much?As students return to the classroom full-time and workloads ramp up, you might wonder: What’s the right amount of homework? How much is too much? Those might be the wrong questions, say educators. What matters more is whether homework serves a clearly defined purpose, is properly scheduled and encourages students to think independently. “Some teachers…

Promote equity by promoting a quality education

A secretariat to oversee equity officers won't empower students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Promote equity by promoting a quality educationEarlier this year, a group called Equity Matters asked the province of Manitoba to establish an education equity secretariat to oversee equity officers working in Manitoba schools. Equity Matters wants to ensure that all Manitoba students are reflected in the curriculum and at all public education system staff levels. They don’t want any student to…

Why can’t Canada also address student debt?

America is taking a tentative step to help students. Canada needs to do the same

Why can’t Canada also address student debt?American President Joe Biden is wiping US$10,000 in federal student loan debt for those with incomes under $125,000 a year or households that earn less than $250,000. He is also cancelling an additional $10,000 for students who received federal Pell Grants to attend college. For context, more than 45 million Americans collectively owe over $1.7…

Canada desperately needs school choice

Tying funding to parental choices generates strong incentives for schools to provide higher-quality customization

Canada desperately needs school choiceWhen Canadian schools suffer from poor track records and students fall behind, provincial governments always favour the same response: throw more money at the problem. New crises prompt political actors to request further rounds of new investments, reinvestments, refinancing, and improved financing — the slogans change, but the strategy is always to try to secure…

Memorizing facts still has an important place in schools

Students learn best when immersed in a content-rich learning environment that builds up their background knowledge

Memorizing facts still has an important place in schoolsInstead of making students memorize a bunch of useless facts, we need to help them think like scientists and historians. Does this make sense to you? It probably does if you’re a curriculum consultant or an education professor. After all, that’s what’s being pushed in faculties of education. The problem is that this approach is…
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