Our Schools, Our Selves

Our Schools, Our Selves is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, Fall

Can Schools Be Value-Free Zones?
The critics of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's decision to include "Character Education" as pan of the Ontario curriculum have found some eager champions. The Windsor Star tells McGuinty (and schools) to butt out of the values business: "It's up to...
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Democracy and Education: Uneasy Bedfellows
It's all over the papers - young people aren't voting. It's the fault of the media leaving negative perceptions. It's the fault of the school curriculum for not teaching enough civics. It's the fault of Elections Canada for not making registration easy...
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Democratic Dogma: There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Schooling for Democracy
In the past year, Canadians have wrestled with a host of social policy concerns that call for the kind of rigorous public debates that are the hallmark of democracy. During the 2004 General Election, for example, access to adequate health care figured...
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Democratic Possibilities for Educational Policy-Making: A Comparison of Ontario & Porto Alegre
Curriculum policy: An overview of formulationLarge-scale, centralized education reform has occurred in a variety of jurisdictions in recent years. Such reforms usually include new approaches to funding, and major changes to policies governing school...
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Drawing Students into Society's Conversations
"We empty of their humanity those to whom we deny speech."(George Steiner, "A Future Literacy")"I wanted the McGill brand name on my resume."(Eve Yang, Maclean's)There's a moment I wait for in the seminar course I teach every year at Carleton University:...
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Education for Character Is Not Education for Citizenship
In 2003, Premier Dalton McGuinty promised that a Liberal government would introduce character education into Ontario schools. Character education programs are implemented by schools seeking to teach and to promote positive character attributes. These...
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Elusive Character(s): Alberta Teachers as the Lost Subjects of Citizenship Education
"If one were to remember everything and deny nothing, assertion, directed movement, politics itself would have no possible shape."(Fish, 1994, p. 241)Character and citizenship education has always been about one generation trying to invent the next....
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Foolin' with Our Schoolin'
What the dominant educational philosophies want is to educate people to adapt to those social forms rather than critically interrogate them. Democracy is a celebration of difference, the politics of difference, and the dominant philosophies fear this....
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From Nova Scotia to England: The Frontier of Children's Rights Education
In 1997, the Children's Rights Centre at Cape Breton University decided to initiate a program of children's rights education in local Cape Breton elementary schools. The initiative was inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and by the...
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History as Adult Entertainment
History is not private property, guarded by professors or by the application of intellectual property laws. Even under extreme capitalism. it belongs in the public sphere and becomes the properly of all. Inevitably, it becomes subject to the tastes and...
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How Deep Is the Citizenship? How Loud Is the Music?
Tens of millions of people from around the globe signed on to the "Make Poverty History" online petition during and just after the global LIVES concerts. (http://www.live81ist.com/engb/live81ist.html). This seems like a nice symbol of the potential of...
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LIVE8: A Retrospective
Background on LIVE8On July 2, 2005, LIVE8 concerts and events rocked the world. The nine concerts were all held the same day in Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, South Africa and the Russian Federation. Their message was clear....
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Rock the Vote BC: If Voting Could Change Anything
The integrity of Canadian democracy is increasingly threatened as governments continue disenfranchising citizens by diminishing resources to register new voters. In an attempt to close this gap, third party get-outthe-vote campaigns geared to influence...
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Three Dimensions of Educational Democratization: The Citizen School Project of Porto Alegre
IntroductionWhat does it mean to democratize public education in one of the most unequal countries of the world? This was a question faced by the Popular Front, a progressive coalition led by the Workers' Party, when it was elected to govern the city...
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Trust Must Be Rebuilt in the Young
Politicians need to take a longer view of citizenship education and its importanceA week in politics is a long time. In the recent general election in England, May 2005, the focus of politicians and the media remained on the short term, how the public...
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