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Education Commentaries

"Pokemon Go and the Ed-Tech Hype Cycle," Canadian Education Association Blog, August 8, 2016. 

"Closing schools a betrayal of rural N.S.," The Chronicle Herald, August 20, 2016.

"Stationary bikes in the classroom: Are we spinning out-of-control?" The Globe and Mail,  April 28, 2016. 

"Ignore the Whiners: Homework's Making a Comeback," The National Post, September 15, 2015. 

"How Could Rehteah Fall Through the Cracks?, " The Chronicle Herald, June 19, 2013.                                                                                                                           

"Community Hub Schools: An Emerging Third Option," The Chronicle Herald, March 8, 2013.

'Better Approach Needed to Correct Reading Deficits," The Chronicle Herald, February 2, 2013.

"Scares, Misadventures, and Reversals in Canadian K-12 Education," The Mark News, January 3, 2013.

"School Board Reform: A Better Cure for the Democratic Deficit," The Chronicle Herald, November 22, 2012.

"Province, Union Mired in Class Struggle," The Herald Magazine, Education Edition, September 24, 2012.

"Digital Learning and the Social Media: Why has Dr. Michael Fullan Gone into the Stratosphere?, August 6, 2012

"Early Childhood Education: Why the Stork Arrived in Nova Scotia" OpenFile Halifax, 14 June 2012

"Building Healthy Schools: Site to Fight Child Obesity" The Chronicle Herald, June 14, 2012

"Inclusive Education: In Practice, Theory Never Works" The Telegraph-Journal, June 14, 2012

"Gazing into the Near Future: Transforming Battery Hens into Free Range Chickens", March 15, 2012

"What's Next for Education in N.S.?" The Chronicle Herald, October 10, 2009.

"Whatever Happened to School Flu Shot Clinics?" The Coast, November 5, 2009.

"School's Losing Teens' Attention," The Chronicle Herald, November 18, 2009.

"School's Out, Again: Why Throw-away School Days Hurt Students"AIMS Research Report and Commentary (, April 13, 2010.

"Turning Around Our Schools"Progress Magazine, May 2010.

"Teens Can't Escape Torment" The Chronicle Herald, June 3, 2010.

"The Ken Fells Takedown Video"
The Mark (Toronto), June 14, 2010.

"The Public Voice in Education: Without School Boards, Where's the Accountability?" The Mark (Toronto), August 5, 2010.

"Edifices and Students: The Halifax Board's Costly Move to New Headquarters" Halifax Magazine, September 5, 2010.

"Should Schools Friend Facebook?"The Mark (Toronto), Sept. 23, 2010.

"Charter Schools: Will Waiting for Superman Revive the Canadian Movement?" Educhatter's Blog, Sept. 25, 2010.

What's at the Core of Education?
"The latest fad to sweep K-12 education is called '21st -Century Skills.' ...But skill-centred, knowledge- free education has never worked...We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us....Until we teach both teachers and students to value knowledge and to love learning, we cannot expect them to use their minds well."
Diane Ravitch, Co-Chair of Common Core, Professor of Education, New York University ( 2009)