Category: Citizenship

Why Mr. Yakabuski is Wrong

Why Mr. Yakabuski is Wrong

In his April 24, 2017, Globe and Mail article entitled, The jig is up for Canada's school boards, Konrad Yakabuski calls for the end of publicly elected school boards, describing them as "a sorry spectacle of Canadian democracy". He charges that they "are plagued by petty ideological battles, personality conflicts, incivility and sheer incompetence". Mr. … Continue reading Why Mr. Yakabuski is Wrong

Citizens are Created in Public Schools

Citizens are Created in Public Schools

Guest post by Dr. Lee Southern who served as the Executive Director of the BC School Trustees Association from 1995 to 2008. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the annual Academy of the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA). The Academy is a gathering of the most important leaders in public education; locally elected … Continue reading Citizens are Created in Public Schools

How Schools Can Help Refugee Families

How Schools Can Help Refugee Families

With the imminent arrival of Syrian refugee families our elementary and secondary schools will have a key role to play. Government and other local agencies will immediately provide shelter, food and clothing. However, the long-term success of these future citizens will be dependent on them eventually finding employment and becoming part of the community fabric. … Continue reading How Schools Can Help Refugee Families