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The Journey is home

Off again,  after a one year  medical leave from my annual backpacking trips. After a year of two cancer ops and months of chemo treatments I am now cancer free and do not have another series of chemo treatments till  June. … Continue reading

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Time for a National Celebration .

Letter to the Editor. Globe and Mail Re: Canadian teens ace OECD test—- From front page to back pagesOn Dec 3, 2013 the Globe and Mail lead article was titled, “Canada’s fall in math-education ranking sets off alarm bells”. John … Continue reading

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We’re number one!

While there has been much weeping and wailing about the drop in mechanical math skills by Canadian teens, 2012, since the previous PISA scores ( though still well above all english speaking countries) this latest test of problem solving skills … Continue reading

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Good news buried!

Sent this letter to the Globe and Mail this morning   Canadian teens ace OECD test—- From front page to back pagesOn Dec 3, 2013 front page, the Globe announced the “end is nigh”. The lead article titled, “Canada’s fall … Continue reading

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Power of Engaged Reading

http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/power-engaged-reading I am excited my recent article is just out, titled, “The Power of Engaged Reading”, about powerful correlation between engaged reading and university attendance and life success (especially fiction) in the current web issue of the quarterly journal of … Continue reading

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As someone who grew up always sure I was a few bricks short of a full load, and teachers constantly affirmed that, not to mention the Royal Canadian Navy who almost decommissioned me after receiving my mental ability test results( … Continue reading

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Musings on grades, intelligence and getting a job at Google

As someone who grew up always sure I was a few bricks short of a full load, and teachers constantly affirmed that, not to mention the Royal Canadian Navy who almost decommissioned me after receiving my mental ability test results( … Continue reading

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