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Why Betsy DeVos Matters to Canadian Education

New US secretary of education, a billionaire heiress, has for years bankrolled efforts to strengthen private schools.

By Crawford Kilian, 11 Feb 2017


At Kamloops School for Indigenous Youth, a ‘Focus on the Successes’

Strong bonds between students and adults make the difference, says teacher Jordan Smith. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Jan 2017


$50 Million for New Hires a ‘First Step’ to Restoring Contracts, Say BC Teachers

Union wants another $250 million on budget day, but ministry says more time needed.

By Katie Hyslop, 5 Jan 2017


Ten Climate-Conscious Parents on Talking to Kids about Global Warming

Plenty of tips from scientists, activists and policy experts.

By Anna Fahey, 5 Jan 2017


Is English a Dying Language? Of Course

The barbarians have pushed inside the gate, and there is no going back.

By Crawford Kilian, 30 Dec 2016


When Global Student Test Results Become Local Political Weapons

PISA results strong for BC, Finland, but raise important questions about equality and education.

By Crawford Kilian, 15 Dec 2016


In Vancouver, a Teacher Helps Students Climb to New Heights

That’s how Trevor Stokes’s class reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

By Christopher Cheung, 5 Dec 2016


How Vancouver Youth Feel about Life in ‘World’s Most Livable City’

A roundtable discussion with the next generation. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 23 Nov 2016


Christy Clark Just Got Laughed Out of the Supreme Court of Canada

Decision on class size, composition latest battle in long Socred/Liberal war on education.

By Crawford Kilian, 11 Nov 2016


Teachers’ Union Wins Battle in Supreme Court of Canada

Top court restores contract provisions on class size, composition stripped by Liberal government.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Nov 2016


How to Bring First Peoples into BC Classrooms

If done right, ‘we can have a fundamentally changed society,’ says educator Jo Chrona.

By Katie Hyslop, 3 Nov 2016


What Keeps Teachers on the Job? It’s Not Just about Salaries

Sometimes it helps to take a global perspective.

By Crawford Kilian, 2 Nov 2016


What’s the Role of a School Trustee: Advocate or Steward?

The question, some say, is at the heart of Vancouver School Board’s latest pains.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Nov 2016


Seven Smart Education Promises for BC’s Next Government

It’ll be a central issue in May. So here’s my policy proposal for all parties.

By David Chudnovsky, 28 Oct 2016


The Causes and Consequences of BC’s Private School Growth

It’s fuelled by social and cultural anxieties. And the impacts are considerable.

By Crawford Kilian, 25 Oct 2016


Why Is Government Increasing Funding for Private Special Needs Schools?

Increases renew debate on support for special needs kids in public system.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Oct 2016


The First Time Victoria Fired the Vancouver School Board

Recalling the day in May 1985 that ended board autonomy in BC.

By Crawford Kilian, 17 Oct 2016


‘Devastating’ if Provincial Trustee Closes Schools, Critics Say after VSB Firing

Education minister’s decision to axe school board raises fears.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Oct 2016


How My Kids’ School Renewed My Belief in Democracy

It showed that when we commit to the process, however messy, what seems impossible becomes doable.

By Trish Garner, 22 Sep 2016


In Prince Rupert, Good Times Gaming for Young and Old

In conversation with Rob Gruber, (dungeon) master of games for the six-to-76 set. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 16 Sep 2016