Notre Dame inferno a towering metaphor for modern society

A building like the great cathedral casts us moderns, who think we’re so smart, in a pallid light

Notre Dame inferno a towering metaphor for modern societyFire destroyed much of Notre Dame de Paris on Monday. The loss is impossible to calculate. Whatever rebuilding efforts the French government and the Catholic church mount, the building will never be what it was. It’s almost best that they leave the ruins as they are. But rebuild they must. I visited Notre Dame once.…

Busting myths about our brains and how we learn

We use all of our brain, not just 10%; educational toys don't work; preferred learning styles ineffective in performance

Busting myths about our brains and how we learnIn spite of easy access to information in this technological age – or perhaps because of it – myths about the human brain abound. You have likely heard people say that we use a fraction of our brain. The theory goes something like this: Imagine how much smarter we would be if we could figure out a…

Canada’s polytechnics represent disruption in action

They offer industry-relevant programs, equipment and facilities that ready learners for a constantly changing workplace

Canada’s polytechnics represent disruption in actionIt seems everywhere you look, people are talking about transformation in Canadian workplaces. Robots, driverless cars and Internet-enabled machines are changing the nature of work. An aging population is putting unprecedented pressure on health-care services and leading to shortages in sectors where retirements are outpacing available young people with the necessary skills. The world around…

We have an obligation to use our gifts for good

We’re all born with a unique and inherent capacity to do good. The trick is to put it to use

We have an obligation to use our gifts for goodAs we go through life, we’re given many pieces of advice. Those that are most truthful tend to survive the test of time, and the best advice brings enduring happiness and a sense of peace. At an orientation social before I began my first assignment as a young teacher, I sang a song for an…

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrants

Windmill Microlending increasing the amount of funds available by 50 per cent

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrantsWindmill Microlending, Canada’s largest and most successful microlending charity for skilled immigrants and refugees, is increasing the amount of funds available to skilled immigrants and refugees by 50 per cent. It is now offering low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees obtain the credentials they need to continue their careers…

The fine (and disappearing) art of handwriting

What does an illegible scribble say about the writer? Certainly more than it tells anyone trying to decipher those disjointed lines

The fine (and disappearing) art of handwritingI once worked with a man who took everything slowly. His coffee. His work. Even stuffing an envelope took a day and a half. It had to be just so. The man’s excruciating deliberateness in everything was annoying and seemingly pointless – except when it came to his handwriting. He carved museum pieces with his…

We need not fear the voices of our children

When youth take a political stand, it’s inspiring. History is full of such amazing and courageous young people

We need not fear the voices of our childrenNelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.” American news and social media were recently stirred up by a video of children meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The video went viral. The children represented a youth organization known as the Sunrise Movement, which…

When your child has problems at school

Regular open and honest communication with your child’s teachers is definitely the best policy

When your child has problems at schoolWhile your kids are at school, it may be a good idea to think about the important, even essential, relationship you and your child have with those people responsible for your child’s education: teachers. As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your child. When it comes to academics, you know for a…

We need to confront the history of slavery in Canada

It’s very easy for Canadians to look self-righteously at Americans and claim the higher moral ground. But it's not necessarily true

We need to confront the history of slavery in CanadaNewly-elected U.S. congressional representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said, “Until America tells the truth about itself, we’re not going to heal.” There’s reason to hope that America will heal. For instance, it’s very encouraging to see several Democratic presidential hopefuls include recognition of the impact of the slave trade and subsequent racist policies against the African-American…

Education has positive impact on your mental health

Studies show that higher levels of education increase the likelihood of being happy and healthy in later years, and improve self-esteem

Education has positive impact on your mental healthResearch has provided another reason to stay in school, pursue post-secondary education and continue learning – education is good for our mental health. In earlier columns, I have highlighted the importance of keeping the mind fit in order to prevent Alzheimer’s as we age. Education (formal and informal) is a good way to do this.…
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