Why dance is just as important as math in school

  Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language. Psst: it may even help raise test scores, says Sir Ken Robinson. For several years, I’ve been a patron of the London School of Contemporary Dance. In 2016, I was invited to give the annual lecture in honor of founding principal …

Ex-Whitecap DeMerit in Surrey to talk soccer at new private school

The retired American player is head soccer instructor at new Glarea Elevated Learning Former Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit will be in Surrey to talk about his Rise & Shine Program at a new private school. As Glarea Elevated Learning’s head soccer instructor, DeMerit will discuss his development philosophy at an open house there Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to …

Relationships Are Important. How Do We Build Them Effectively With Kids?

Kent Pekel realized the importance of relationships in his own life in a new way when his wife passed away after losing a fight with breast cancer. He was left to parent three young children on his own. His children’s preschool teacher gave him a piece of advice that changed the course of his life and career: “From now on, it …

Discovering Better Ways to Learn as an Adult

If you’d met Ulrich Boser while he was still in school, you might not have tagged him as a guy who would one day write a book about learning. Early in his life, at least, learning was a struggle. “School was tough for me from the very start—I repeated kindergarten,” Boser tells me ruefully. All these years, he’s kept a …

Letting Kids Drive

Why doing leads to learning Years ago, I met an educator named Diane Tavenner who blew my socks off. We’d been invited by Bill and Melinda Gates to give what amounted to a private TED talk, followed by discussion, on what kids need to thrive in every sense of the word. When it was her turn, Diane told the story …

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 …