Feeling Conflicted

Recently the President of the United States tweeted the following: We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favourite President! @RealDonaldTrump … and I don’t […]

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Understanding J.K. Rowling

Update: Partway through writing this, I realized the length was getting out of hand. So this will be split into (at least three posts. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I have spent the last two weeks watching the world come together denouncing J.K. Rowling for transphobia. My first impression was that this […]

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Thoughts on the new Ontario Math Curriculum

The Ontario Ministry of Education just released a revamped math curriculum for Grade 1 to 8 to be introduced in schools in September. I read through their outline and peeked in on the more detailed breakdowns. The immediate question arises because of the timing. Who thought it was a good idea to try re-writing the curriculum […]

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Ontario Will Be De-Streaming Its High School Courses

I recently reviewed the Ontario Ministry of Education’s new Grade 1-8 math curriculum. This was recently followed by an announcement that in Grade 9 they would be phasing out “streaming”. I mentioned in my earlier post: …high school is divided into streams “academic” and “applied”. The political-speak is that “applied” courses are rarely anything more than […]

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Fabulous Fact Checking

I started listening to Stephen Dubner’s spinoff from his super-popular Freakonomics podcast. It’s called No Stupid Questions, cohosted by Angela Duckworth. It includes something I have never seen before (heard before?!) in a podcast. At the end of each episode, the producer Rebecca Lee Douglas comes on and does a fact checking session based on […]

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