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Putting Students Before the Test: Mental Health, PISA and the Testing Madness

The evidence is clear. The pandemic had a significant and substantive impact on the well-being of students of school age in Canada and around the world. A meta-analysis of the impact of social isolation shows that it leads to increased... Continue Reading →

October 2020

This month I turn 70 and am trying to keep up with developments, despite the total insanity all around me.. I am reminded of Oliver Sach's statement" “The most we can do is to write — intelligently, creatively, evocatively — about what it is like living in the world at this time.”

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March 2020

Getting warmer with travel to South Africa and Arizona. But what is happening?

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December 2019

The last month of an eventual year. What is happening around the world? What differences are being made?

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June 2019

June 1st What Have I Learned? I met with some students yesterday - high school students I had worked with in Banff who were reporting on their amazing work demonstrating their sense of agency. One asked me "what had taken... Continue Reading →

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May 2019

May 26th - Getting Older There are, according to my understanding, challenges ahead for us all as we get older. Watching the BBC's The Dementia Choir - a moving pair of episodes of individuals with dementia coming together to sing... Continue Reading →

August 2017

August 10th I am sorting out my will and doing some estate planning. This is not at all connected to Vladimir Trumpkins "fire and brimstone" threats to North Korea and the growing fear that he could well start World War... Continue Reading →

June 2017

This month we will be in France and back in Canada. Watch this space for news, thoughts, and images from Toulouse. June 1 Visited the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi. A Very nice gallery display of his work in a building very... Continue Reading →

May 2017

May 1st 1st of May is traditionally a day to celebrate work and labour. I am not sure that this is the same as, in Britain, celebrating Labour. Yet today I am working. I am at Douglas College in British... Continue Reading →

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