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schoolboard-regThe Hub is pleased to offer the second part of a thought-provoking three-part series on education from the perspective of a current local teacher. Part One can be found here.
With two months to go before school begins again, negotiations with teachers continuing, a new leader of the Opposition, and three years to go before both a school board and a provincial election, it may be the perfect opportunity to step back and give the education system some real consideration. Send us your take on the subject at owensoundhub.org.

 

-by John Fearnall

#4 on my list of Top 10 ways to immediately improve education:
Eliminate the adversarial system.
How we say/do something has as much or more of an impact than what we say/do. Because of this, we must eliminate, or at least try to reduce the conflict in our school system. Everywhere I turn, there is conflict: Ministry vs. Board; Board vs. Federation; Board vs School; Admin vs. Teacher; Public vs Teacher; Teacher vs. Student; Teacher vs. Teacher; Student vs. Student.
If we are going improve education we must ...

schoolboard-regThe Hub is pleased to offer this, the first of a thought-provoking three-part series on education from the perspective of a current local teacher.
With two months to go before school begins again, negotiations with teachers continuing, a new leader of the Opposition, and three years to go before both a school board and a provincial election, it may be the perfect opportunity to step back and give the education system some real consideration. Send us your take on the subject at owensoundhub.org.

 

-by John Fearnall

 

So, with 10 years to go in my teaching career, here is my list of 10 ways to immediately improve education:
#1 Eliminate school boards (The System)...

marinasunset-feature-by Jon Farmer

My dad drove his camper van to town for a few days of work this week. On his first night, before he went off to my uncle's, I rode my bike down to meet him at the local marina for sunset. He was parked where he could work on his reports while watching the water. I rode around the last corner of the gravel path through Kelso Beach Park, swung one leg over the saddle, and cruised up beside. I leaned my bike on its kickstand and stepped into the Volkswagen. We were planning to walk and watch the sunset so after a quick hello I went back outside to lock my bike while dad finished a page.

As I was feeding the bike lock through my back tire, a Dodge Charger drove into the parking lot and pulled up beside us...

solar-panels-regLiberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau may have chosen Vancouver to present his environmental promises, but proponents say his plans will have a positive impact on Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

"Stephen Harper refused to take meaningful action on climate change, slashed environmental protections, and allowed other countries to take the lead on creating new clean jobs," stated Liberal candidate Kimberley Love. "Our Liberal plan will ensure that the people in Bruce Grey Owen Sound can tap into the vast economic opportunities of our environment and create the sustainable prosperity families deserve. I'd love to see a green technology hub in Bruce Grey that could create the stimulus for an emerging green economy here."

Trudeau pledged...

warren-headshotby R. Michael Warren

From now until October all the federal parties will be telling us how they plan to help the shrinking middle class. Much of what they are proposing is simply competing forms of income redistribution. Most of it misses the underlying causes.

The Liberals promise to tax the rich in order to reduce taxes for the middle class. The NDP will help by hiking the minimum wage and not raising personal income tax rates. They'll raise corporate taxes instead. The Conservatives say income splitting and targeted tax credits are the best way to help the middle class.

These promises are merely playing at the edges of the income stagnation and job dislocation being experienced by some of Canada's middle class. Our political leaders don't talk much about the core causes because they're short on solutions.

For example,

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