Teaching as a public profession

Shoulders of giants.

There is a wonderful quote from Sir Isaac Newton that goes, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” To me, this is nothing less than a gigantic nod to everyone who “tried and paved the way” before him, and a reminder of his then obligation to […]

In loco contractus

It has taken a lot of restraint to ignore the volumes of micro-aggressive, passive aggressive, aggressive, and macro-aggressive comments flying around the Twitterverse about education since our most recent contract with the government expired this past August. And then there is the elected official du jour with the education portfolio. I have tried not to […]

Undercover Boss

Have you ever watched a show called Undercover Boss? An average episode of the hour long program shows a CEO or top tier exec going incognito to better understand the work flow, flaws, and family of an organization. The show makes sure that the top dog is put alongside some pre-selected employees(often outspoken) who, fearlessly […]

What is the Rand Formula and why it matters to teachers?

The Rand Formula provides legislation that all members of trade unions must pay union dues regardless of the worker’s status. The Rand Formula was established by Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ivan Rand which was introduced in 1946 as a result of the Ford Strike of 1945 in Windsor, Canada. The Rand Formula is also […]

Bursting bubbles

POP! What’s that sound? Fear and loss, dreams – on hold, watching, without a voice as opportunity is cut and cancelled. For the people, or for their bank accounts? Doubts – fill the staffroom. Murmurs – echo down the halls. Uncertainties – buzz through minds. Bubbles – bursting before they are even formed. Cuts like […]

Be Strong in the Face of Poor Government

FDK (too soon) EQAO (to help real estate $) Class sizes (to build resilience) Drill and Kill Math (We’re Open for Worksheets) Funding formulas (creative govt accounting to underfund boards) Antiquated HPE curriculum (since no one needs to learn about consent) Don’t let them fool you. Despite what the government says to the contrary: public consultation […]

Let’s Talk About Shame

Author Brené Brown from her book “The Gifts of Imperfection” writes that there are three things that people need to understand about shame: 1.  We all have it.  Shame is universal and one of the most primitive human emotions that we experience.  The only people who don’t experience shame lack the capacity for empathy and human […]

The Basics of Understanding Copyright in Canada

Creative Works are Protected Under Canadian Law When protecting creations such as writing, paintings, and even computer programs, regardless of value, Canadian law protects all creative works, under the Copyright Act. Creators of original work have rights that are protected. “Simply put, the Act prohibits others from copying your work without your permission. Its purpose […]

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