Category Archive: Education

May 02 2015

The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy

All the recent polls in the Alberta election seem to indicate that the NDP (i.e. socialists) under Rachel Notley will form the next government of our fine province.  Ms. Notley has vowed to fix the regulatory environment for the oilsands, to withdraw funding from “independent” schools, to spend more on infrastructure, roll back cuts to …

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Nov 01 2014

On Teacher Retirement Behaviour

At my daughter’s high school this semester, two of her four teachers have chosen to retire in the middle of the term, forcing the students to be handed to another teacher.   The fact one of her other teachers is very pregnant means that by January she will have had seven teachers for four courses. …

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Apr 22 2014

George Brandis – another good thing from Australia!

I’m really starting to like some of the things I’m hearing out of our cousins down-under.  First it was them calling out homeopathy for being a fiction, and now this from their attorney general, George Brandis: ‘Because’, he says, ‘if you are going to defend freedom of speech, you have to defend the right of …

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Apr 09 2014

Australia correctly calls homeopathy quackery

Australia’s government has published a report that correctly identifies homeopathy as quackery: http://m.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/health/nhmrc-rule-homeopathic-remedies-useless-for-human-health/story-fni0diac-1226878166107 now if only Health Canada would do the same. Related articles Surprise! New study by Australians shows that homeopathy is bunk Australians ‘wasting money’ on homeopathy Just how stupid do homeopaths think we are?

Mar 17 2014

On secrecy in the schools

I recently have had some problems with the public schools in Calgary (specifically those run by the Calgary Board of Education). A few years ago, the new “discovery math” failed my eldest daughter, forcing significant investment in tutors to correct the damage caused by Alberta Education and the CBE.  This also led to my support …

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Sep 28 2013

On Socialism in the Schools

The forces of so-called “Social Justice” continue to rampage in our educational institutions.  My daughter is attending a public high school and she started asking me questions about her Social Studies homework.  She didn’t like my answers because I sounded like one of those evil capitalists…  So I asked to see what material she was …

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Sep 09 2013

On Levant vs. Nenshi

In the last couple of days, there has been much press about the Twitter spat between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Sun News personality Ezra Levant.  This began with a column Levant wrote about questioning the spending of taxpayers money by the City of Calgary to hire the Pembina Institute at the University of Alberta. …

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Sep 02 2013

On Public vs. Private Schools

A few days ago, Slate.com published a column by Allison Benedikt where she declares that all parents who send their children to private school are bad people.  The general scope of her complaints about public school can be distilled to two things: American public schools are a valued institution and for the greater good of …

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Aug 30 2013

Again, the foolishness of a minimum wage

Today, I found myself listening to Dave Taylor on Newstalk 770 CHQR during his afternoon show (which has returned to the airwaves after the host’s time in politics and unfortunately has taken Charles Adler off of my local radio dial…). He had a discussion about Alberta increasing the minimum wage from $9.05 to $9.95 per …

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Aug 01 2013

On the Infantilization of Our Society

Recently, I have noticed a few situations where people who are supposed to be responsible adults, often in positions of power and responsibility, have been unable to speak directly, make decisions, or accept that they must be responsible, or more importantly that society isn’t responsible for them. Following the catastrophic flooding in Southern Alberta in …

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