Entries Posted in"Education"

In Elementary School Or High School, Teachers Salary Should Be Performance Based

Published January 24, 2014

A recent article in TheGlobeAndMail.com written by Caroline Alphanso condemns the tenure aspect of teacher’s pay and argues instead that teacher compensation should be strictly tied to teacher effectiveness; including classroom performance and student feedback. This argument stems from a recent report by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) stating that the current teacher compensation method is ineffective. The report written by the CCCE dismisses the idea of merit pay based on student test scores, as is the case in the current education debacle based in the US; especially with regards to older children, like a high school teacher. […]

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Does The Government Need To Raise Canada’s Early Childhood Education Salary?

Published January 23, 2014

Canada recently saw a steep drop in its global rankings with respect to mathematics education, plummeting from 7th place in 2006 to 13th place in 2013. In light of this slippage in status, the Canadian government would be wise to consider solutions to these recent educational woes. Though some have suggested changing the current mathematics curriculum from one that under-emphasizes theory relative to application to a more balanced curriculum, more comprehensive reforms might be required. Though content is an important part of education, so is instruction and Canada is simply not paying its teachers enough. Low salaries have serious ramifications. […]

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Do Canadian Teachers Make More Or Less Than Their US Counterparts?

Published January 18, 2014

Many people wonder how Canadian and US pay scales for teachers compare. Teachers from both countries are required to obtain a similar level of education and experience before beginning teaching, and they have similar work loads in most districts. In general, the pay scales for the countries are also quite similar. In both countries, teachers earn a modest but comfortable salary that allows them to meet the costs of living in their chosen areas. Here are some comparisons of salaries between these two countries. Teachers make about 59000 in Illinois. This salary increases somewhat in wealthier districts both in Illinois […]

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CTV News Clip Highlights UT Forensic Science Department, Colleges In Canada

Published January 15, 2014

Forensic Science departments are popping up around Canada as a way to respond to the new surge in demand for these types of programs. Everything from specialized Forensic Nursing Programs to a generic Forensic Science Degree can be seen sprouting up at Universities like the University of Toronto in Toronto, CA. In 2010, only about 13,000 people were employed as forensic scientists according to About.com. Their main employers were: Morgues State and local governments and police departments Crime laboratories Coroner offices While each position in each of these locations will have vastly different responsibilities, they all have one thing in […]

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Is Now A Good Time To Become A Lawyer In Canada?

Published December 31, 2013

Getting a law degree was at one time considered a guaranteed path to a lucrative career, complete with the fancy cars and multi-million dollar homes. Unfortunately it’s not that simple any longer, with the possible value of a law degree losing momentum against the astronomical increase in tuition fees, leaving graduates with substantial debts instead of wealth. Although getting a law education in Canada isn’t in the same serious condition as it is in the United States, it is something to address before things get worse. Still, attaining a law degree will be worth the effort and, depending on the […]

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Mexican Youth Want To Work In Canada, But Not Vice-Versa

Published December 27, 2013

Canada and Mexico have an exchange program called the International Experience Program where the youth from each country heads off to the other country for a short time while they work and experience life in a foreign land. This program is administered by the British Columbia Council For International Education, and is aimed at expanding the cultural horizons of youth from both countries. An issue, however, appears to be that most of the traffic goes one way; Mexico to Canada. Why is this? Possible Reasons Canadians, and English-speaking youth in general, as hesitant to go out of their comfort zone and experience new […]

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School Shootings On The Rise: Should Canada Arm Teachers?

Published December 13, 2013

School shootings are one of the most disturbing specters of modern life. Firearm-powered mass murder in a school setting has been a sporadic occurrence since at least the 1902s, and even inspired a hit song when a 1979 shooting in San Diego served as the basis for the popular anthem by the Boomtown Rats, “Tell Me Why (I Don’t Like Mondays).” The tragic Littleton, Colorado shootings of 1999 brought school shootings to the fore of public consciousness. The number and severity of shootings has increased steadily in the years since, even as other types of violent crime have dropped. Educational […]

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Canadian Program Helps Students Get Global Perspective

Published December 13, 2013

Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science Without Borders), established July 26, 2011, is a large scale scholarship program that’s main goal is to promote the expansion and consolidation of technology, science, and innovation via international mobility and exchange, exposing students to a entrepreneurial and highly competitive learning environment by providing doctoral students perusing studies abroad with financial support. Ciência sem Fronteirasis is largely funded by the Brazilian government with additional support coming from the private sector. While there are many fun and interesting facts about Brazil that attract people to the country, this wonderful scholarship program has the potential for opening the […]

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Canada Looking To Attract New Students From Latin America

Published December 7, 2013

Photo take from: http://mwengo.org/fun-interesting-facts-guatemala-central-america/ Canadian universities are among the finest in the world, and Canada is one of the most sought after countries to get into when looking at options for higher education. In fact, the number of immigrants studying at universities in Canada is growing by leaps and bounds. Minister Jason Kenney announced the following back in May : “We plan to grow the economy and create more jobs by attracting an increasing number of visitors and the world’s best and brightest talent to Canada.” Apparently, they are having some success. The number one importer of intellectual talent into […]

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Canadian Education Needs To Go High-Tech To Meet Demand

Published December 6, 2013

Certain industries in Canada are growing. They are booming. The demand is outpacing the supply, and the inflow of recent graduates is probably not going to be able to feed the need in the near future. The Huffington Post recently put out an article on the top jobs in Canada. Some of the results are very surprising. See the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/12/best-jobs-canada-2013_n_3072218.html As we can see, certain sectors are growing fast. How Canada’s education system responds to this is crucial. Whether you believe the government has a role to play or not, there are certainly things they could do to […]

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