• Dyslexic kids in Canada deserve better

    In Ontario alone, more than 40,000 children are waiting for assessment out of 250,000 who struggle with dyslexia. Tragically, assessment and intervention will come far too late for this group’s learning development. It is a “wait-and-fail” disaster. Of children with learning disabilities, 80-85 per cent of them are believed to be dyslexic… A University of Toronto study reveals that a dyslexic child is five times more likely to be physically abused than the average child… Not only is the situation a living tragedy, it also has monumental costs to our country.

  • Sir John A. not the only prime minister who wouldn’t pass muster today

    For now Macdonald is safe. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has pledged not to strip his name from any schools. But I’d be surprised if any new government buildings were named after the first prime minister. In fact, it might be less controversial to avoid naming anything after anybody. At least until we can find someone who will remain flawless for all time.

  • Prevent mental-health care crises on campus

    … demand for mental health services at Canadian post-secondary institutions has reached an all-time high. But schools don’t seem to be prepared to meet the growing need, a failure that can have grave consequences. While no university or college can meet the full spectrum of students’ mental health needs, schools can and must do more to improve existing supports.

  • How a Canadian experimental program helped one child with autism speak

    Known as the Social ABCs, the program teaches parents strategies to help toddlers with ASD to talk or vocalize in more meaningful ways and to smile more with their caregivers… The 12-week intervention… uses objects that grab a child’s attention and motivates them to verbally interact with their parents… Researchers also saw increased verbal responses to parental prompts and gains in their functional language, as well as how often they initiated a verbal connection on their own

  • Financial information of universities and degree-granting colleges, 2015/2016

    Canada’s 150 public universities and degree-granting institutions spent $27.1 billion in 2015/2016, up from $26.8 billion in 2014/2015. Revenues fell from $28.4 billion in 2014/2015 to $27.2 billion in 2015/2016… The proportion of provincial funding decreased from 41.5% in 2010/2011 to 39.1% in 2015/2016… The proportion of revenues from tuition fees has grown from 21.5% in 2010/2011 to 27.9% in 2015/2016.

  • Polytechnics are the missing link in the automation revolution

    In the face of a transitioning economy, we only have one choice, really: embrace and adapt… If the essential fact about capitalism is creative destruction and the necessary reshaping of economies, then governments need to see polytechnics as the economic actors they are and bring them into the innovation policy discussion. Polytechnics adapt, embrace, and thrive in the face of economic challenge and change.

  • John A. Macdonald was the real architect of residential schools

    It was Macdonald, not Langevin, who served as the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs and was responsible for overseeing the establishment of residential schooling… In the late 1870s, Macdonald dreamed of creating an organized system of federal schools for Indigenous children that could be used to disrupt Indigenous lifeways and control over the land to accelerate successful settler colonialism.

  • Niagara school makes the grade for at-risk students trying to attend college, university

    Though the plan at first was to cater to low-income students only, that proved controversial so the focus became “first generation” students blazing post-secondary paths in their families… The school opened with just 124 students, and this fall will have 450 elementary and secondary students… the higher-level academic is the only offering and, in Grade 11, college and university-level classes… All grads are getting a small bursary and laptop as graduation presents, thanks to community sponsorships.

  • It is time to merge Ontario’s public and Catholic school systems

    Quebec and Newfoundland put an end to their publicly funded denominational school systems… At a time of extremely tight education funding, the added costs due to duplication of services, extra busing, etc., is nothing short of an obscenity… Merging two (actually four) overlapping school systems in each municipality would produce huge savings in transportation, administration, maintenance and capital costs. It would also allow children of all different faiths to learn and play together and make it easier to maintain a school in every community.

  • Schools must become ‘hub’ of mental health support, says OISE’s Dr. Katreena Scott

    Kids who experience adversities in childhood such as abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence or having a parent with mental health issues are most likely to have problems. Those children who have experienced many of such adversities are: 4.4 times as likely to report two or more weeks of depression in the past year; 12.2 times as likely to have ever attempted suicide; 10.3 times as likely to have ever injected drugs; 7.4 times as likely to consider self an alcoholic