The Importance of Science, Reading, Math & Phys Ed

Over the last couple of weeks, few local talk subjects have grabbed my brain like the one about education and the question about why Manitoba Grade 8′s tested so poorly in Science, Math and Reading. Truth is compared to the rest of the world, Canadians as a whole don’t test nearly as well as they used to. It’s too easy to say many other countries have advanced. So don’t worry be happy. Of all the communications I have received, none was more stunning to me than the teacher whose specialty is phys ed. Not only was he distressed about phys ed being eliminated in so many high schools, even when he taught PE, there was very little physical activity being done in the class. These are his words.

“I received a physical education curriculum that, if followed correctly would have the students sit for three quarters of the class while I would impart the information presented in the curriculum. This at a time when children’s fitness levels are at a dangerously low levels. I had to alter the curriculum and make significant changes to address the inherent lack of physical activity reflected in this document.

It is about time when teachers can “be real” and express the real problems with our educational system without any fear of backlash or negative repercussions.

Charles I would suggest that you invite teachers to your program that can speak freely and candidly about, in their opinion, are the real but often hidden factors troubling our educational system. In their words real talk and not political jargon that at the end says and contributes nothing but vague and useless information!”

If you are a teacher or retired teacher, I wonder how much of this speaks to your experience. If you’re a student or former student, do you think the teacher is on to something. 1) Not enough phys ed. 2) Not enough physical activity in phys ed. 3) Not enough real talk inside or outside the classroom. 4) Too much jargon.Too little substance.

What do you think?

-CA

A Force for Good in the World

In light of yesterday’s vote on Parliament Hill on a resolution to support a Canadian mission against ISIS, let’s be clear about what we know and what we believe about the people who have served our country in a Canadian Military Uniform.

Anyone with an appreciation for Canadian Military History knows we do not ignore our allies. We inspire them. We do not fear evil. We conquer evil.

Thank you Prime Minister Harper for ensuring that Canada remains a Force for Good in this world.

-CA

University Rankings

Times Higher Education released rankings of universities from around the world yet post-secondary institutions in Canada are slipping. Charles drills down the numbers with Nello Angerilli, senior executive at the University of Waterloo, who says Canadian universities aren’t getting any worse but many schools overseas are improving.