Monday, April 02, 2012 3:15:00 PM
With an accountant for a mother, I can't say that I ever had to worry about not making the grade in math class. From the time I was quite small, I was adding, subtracting, dividing, and even creating macaroni algebra charts (scary, but true).
However, these days many young students in Western Canada are facing the challenges of learning basic math without the help of their parents, because the methods by which foundational mathematics is being taught these days are changing.
Forget memorizing times tables (which, if you're anything like me, are permanently burned into your brain), and start thinking exploration-based learning. This can include the use of visual tools, such as blocks or graphs to carry out addition, subtraction, and other basic math processes.
Monday, March 26, 2012 8:37:00 AM
As a former student of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, I was pretty excited to see that this innovative school is gearing up to provide a degree-worthy education related to sustainable agriculture (a far cry from the typical industry-driven programs that you tend to see).
Rather than responding to the needs of employers, this program is an answer to the needs of our changing world, and will be British Columbia's first production agriculture degree program, teaching students the art and science of small-scale farming.
As a label-reading, organic-conscious mom, I can see the value in knowing that the food my family and I are eating is grown by individuals, rather than corporations. I would far rather spend my money at a farmers market where I can talk to the person who grew my food, than purchase imported produce from a grocery store and wonder why on earth my green peppers need to come all the way from South America, and why they seem to last forever in my refrigerator.
Monday, February 20, 2012 1:39:00 PM
I was forced to write my fair share of boring papers and essays during my time at school. But, while there were instances when doing anything else in the world seemed preferable (cleaning the bathroom, answering calls from telemarketers, and sometimes even shoving hot pokers into my eyeballs), I can honestly say it never once crossed my mind to steal (or buy) someone else’s words.
Maybe it’s due to the fact that I am someone who always has and always will have a strong passion for writing, and I was—at that time in my life—working hard to reach a point where I could build a career on the written word.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:57:00 AM
Earlier in the year, I wrote about cyber bullying and its link to teen suicide. During that time, all of the news articles and statistics I came across focused solely on high-school-aged students.
However, a recent news article was brought to my attention, which sheds light on a new study aimed at measuring the presence of bullying and cyber bullying within post-secondary institutions. The results of this study shocked me:
- 15 percent of college students said they have been bullied.
- 22 percent indicated they have been a victim of cyber bullying.
- 38 percent know someone who has experienced cyber bullying.
- 42 percent have seen someone being bullied by a fellow student.
- Almost nine percent admit to cyber bullying someone else.
- Among cyber-bullying victims, 25 percent said it was via a social networking site, 21 percent by text message, and 16 percent through instant messaging.
Friday, September 30, 2011 8:02:00 AM
Despite the fact that I haven’t even quite reached my 27th birthday, technology often has a sneaky way of making me feel like a dinosaur.
I think it all started when I was in college. I was part of the last print journalism class at my college to use film cameras for the photography classes. To be honest, I loved being in the darkroom. Working with images in an actual physical form, and watching the chemicals magically make the image appear on the photo paper was my favorite part of photography.
Today, I doubt if students or journalists ever lay hands on an actual physical manifestation of their photographic art. Film cameras have become virtually obsolete even for personal use—let alone in a professional setting. Digital cameras took complete command of the industry, and their takeover was hostile to the lowly film camera. Now, images go straight from a digital camera to a computer, and their only printed form is as part of a newspaper or magazine.
While I might mourn the loss of film and printed photos, there is one archaic item I would have been more than happy to upgrade into digital form during college, and that’s the hundred pounds worth of textbooks I lugged around all day, every day.
Friday, September 16, 2011 8:37:00 AM
Affirmative action: these two simple words seem to reliably ignite debate. It seems to be one of those topics that can cause even the most civilized people to tear into each other like rabid dogs. Affirmative action policies are intended to promote equality in society by giving extra opportunities to those who are at a perceived disadvantage, whether due to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. However, opponents do not see the pros of affirmative action, and often refer to it as “reverse discrimination,” claiming it does more harm than good by causing an entirely different breed of segregation.
Ten years ago, a university in France decided to pioneer a new brand of affirmative action. Since then, they have proven that when done right, affirmative action policies can be highly effective in promoting social equity.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 8:26:00 AM
People who have watched Extreme Couponing on TLC probably fall into two categories: those who think that living by couponing is a manifestation of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and those who think that coupons are part of the hierarchy of human needs. There may be a middle ground, however—particularly when coupons can help you get a great deal on your post-secondary education.
If you haven’t heard about Groupon yet, please, take a minute to Google it. It can turn even the strictest coupon skeptic into an all-out aficionado. Groupon is a website business that offers “deal-of-the-day” gift certificates at discount prices. Participating companies can include local businesses, huge corporations, and anything in between. The variation is awesome! While I’ve seen Groupon discounts for everything from laser hair removal to golfing packages, I had yet to ever come across a coupon for education. Thankfully for savvy, money-saving students everywhere, couponing may be bridging the gap into the education sector.
Friday, July 29, 2011 8:32:00 AM
It was recently reported that the most commonly awarded grade in today’s American colleges and universities is “A.” When I first clicked into the story, I was expecting a positive, happy explanation of how this generation’s students are kicking butt in post-secondary education. In reality, it turned out to be a somewhat mocking and sarcastic explanation about how today’s professors are apparently guilty of a heinous crime described as “grade inflation.”
According to college grade researchers Stuart Rojstaczer and Christopher Healy, 43 percent of all grades in the U.S. are now A’s—undeserved A’s in their opinion. They place the majority of the blame on private universities, citing that A’s and B’s make up 86 percent of their total grades.
Friday, July 22, 2011 8:13:00 AM
While I’m not a history buff, nor a hardcore feminist, I do find the long and hard-fought battle of women’s education rights a fascinating tale.
I recently came across the fact that American women were not formally granted the right to an education until 1868. While 143 years may seem like a long time ago, when you consider that the first universities in the U.S. opened their doors more than 200 years before that (Harvard University was founded in 1636), it’s clear that men had an incredibly unfair advantage for many, many years (for no good reason, I might add).