Why did our children stop walking to school?

Naomi Buck is a freelance writer in Toronto. As a kindergarten student in 1977, I set out every morning into the vastness of North Toronto. Having been ditched by my older brother at the first hill (he had a reputation to maintain), I would join dozens of other neighbourhood kids on the migration to school. We walked – or biked …

Stop helicoptering other people’s kids

How old do you need to be to see a movie alone in New York City? I recently found out. My daughter had been asking for permission to go to the movies with her friend. They are both 9 years old and fairly mature. I would drive them, buy the tickets and pick them up. It seemed reasonable to me. …

Helicopter parents aren’t making it easier for their children

Maurice Fernandes thought it was a joke when a parent called asking why their adult child did not get a job with his company. At the time, Mr. Fernandes was early into his 20-year career in human resources. Today, Mr. Fernandes, who works as a career education specialist in the Career Centre at Ryerson University, says he and his colleagues …

Private school plans at expanded Surrey ice arena emphasize student ‘grit’

At Excellent Ice building, hockey among five sports to be offered at Glarea Elevated Learning One ice arena in Surrey will soon expand to include a private school that incorporates education, sports and arts. The look and feel of Excellent Ice will change with the addition of Glarea Elevated Learning, due open next September with a focus on what school administrators call …