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28
Nov
What do teachers really want?

What do teachers really want?

Recently, CBC’s The Current interviewed a parent and his eight-year-old son about the possible closing of a gifted program at the Ottawa Carleton School Board in which the boy was enrolled, and then an education consultant opposed to such programs, or any programs that pulled students out of the regular public school class.

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14
Nov
The World Turned Upside Down...

The World Turned Upside Down...

In 1781, when British commander Charles Cornwallis (nephew of our own Edward Cornwallis) surrendered to George Washington, a band played The World Turned Upside Down.

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31
Oct
The question of white privilege & clues about the Oland case

The question of white privilege & clues about the Oland case

A spectre is haunting American politics and society on the verge of the November 8 election: a white working/lower/underclass in terminal economic decline; no longer assumed to exemplify core American cultural values; displaced by groups that some liberals perhaps too complacently call the coalition of the ascendant; plagued by family breakups and substance abuse.

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17
Oct
A master promoter of commerce & art

A master promoter of commerce & art

Recently in this space, I recounted the story of the rise and fall of the Clairtone Sound Corporation (Frank 750).
It is part of the larger story of an ambitious though flawed attempt by Nova Scotia over the past half century to promote industrial development.

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03
Oct
Winning the argument vs winning the debate

Winning the argument vs winning the debate

After one of the presidential debates during the Reagan years, someone at the old Halifax Press Club asked me who won. Walter Mondale won the argument, I said, but Ronald Reagan won the debate.

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