Our Schools, Our Selves

Our Schools, Our Selves is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall

Aboriginal Education and Assessing Students' Ways of Knowing: Standardized Tests vs Multiple Ways of Knowing
The issues of accountability in Aboriginal education have high relevance in light of the call for increased accountability in band operated schools, in policy directions for alignment of band school curriculum to provincial/territorial standards and...
Aboriginal Student Speaks Out: Budget Cuts Threaten Aboriginal Program
Presented by Ashton Garay, Youth VoiceApril 15'*, 2010IntroductionI would like to acknowledge the traditional shared territories of the Coast Salish peoples.Good evening, Trustees and Staff of the Vancouver Board of Education. My name is Ashton Garay,...
Aboriginal Teachers Face Racism, Need Allies
"Aboriginal Teachers' Professional Knowledge and Experience in Canadian Schools" was a research project undertaken by Verna St. Denis for the Canadian Teachers' Federation. Excerpts from the Executive Summary are included here.Eager and willing to teach...
A Warm Teaching Environment: Peruvian Teachers Face Many Challenges
Creating a "warm environment' for students is at the top of the wish list in Peru's classrooms. And it's a long fist, in a country where education is not a government priority."We must increase teachers' salaries," says HeIi Ocana, an activist who is...
Democracy and Education: Elected Officials Advocate, Appointed Ones Capitulate
The recent controversy over the Vancouver School Board's budget situation has been a bit of an interesting story to follow. Much like every other school board in BC, the VSB has been wrangling with a considerable problem: the costs of providing a high-quality...
Educating for Democratic Citizenship
Educating for Democratic Citizenship A REVIEW BY ROBERT WHITELY The death and life of the great American school system: How testing and choice are undermining education (Basic Books, 2010), by Diane Ravitch, Basic Books, 2010, 296 pages, ISBN 9780465014910.Diane...
Education Roundup
Gates as global superintendent of schoolsBill Gates has been described as the global superintendent because of the strategic way in which the foundation money is being used to shape education policies in the U.S. as well as in some other countries.With...
English First Peoples Added to the BC English Curriculum
Three new courses with a First Peoples focus have been added to the British Columbia curriculum. These are English 10, 11 and 12 First Peoples and each is an alternative course for the required English credits in grades 10 through 12. They join the already...
First Nations Control of First Nations Education
WINNIPEG, July 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and First Nations Chiefs and delegates from across Canada confirmed a new comprehensive plan to directly address critical education needs facing First Nation...
Master of Happy Endings
Master of Happy Endings Master of Happy Endings by Jack Hodgins, Thomas Allen Publishers. 2010. 356 pages, ISBN 978-0-88762-523-7When I took some students to a high school creative writing workshop in Nanaimo over 30 years ago I was impressed by the...
Neo-Liberalism, NAFTA and Education: Teachers in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Build a Coalition
This article is based on a speech given at the opening of the 9'* Tri-national Conference in Montreal in May of 2010.It is an incredible accomplishment for this to be the 9th Trinational Conference in Defense of Public Education, bringing together education...
Not Everyone Loves the Olympics: Critical Thinking Meets Olympic Enthusiasm
In February 2010, Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Shortly after vanning the bid in 2003, Vancouver started preparing itself for this international event. Along with aU the changes that the city was experiencing, the educational...
Plagiarism for Beginners
Welcome, class of 2014. You're about to enter post-secondary armed with your smartphone and laptop, and every campus is now wireless. This is a good time to think about the hazards of plagiarism.The word comes from plagiarius, Latin for kidnapper, and...
Standardized Testing Is a Global Issue: Policies Spread through Policy-Borrowing, Harmonization and Coercion
It is no random coincidence that the use of the results of standardized testing to attack teachers is a global phenomenon. An extreme example of test results being used to attack teachers comes from Los Angeles.The Los Angeles school district standardized...
Teach outside the Box
"Box" somehow doesn't sound as confining as "iron cage." Iron cage is the sociological term from Max Weber that George Martell has used in three books in the Our Schools series looking at the way that neo-liberalism and the power of capital has deformed...
The Great Schools Project: How Good Is Our School? How Can We Know?
If a Mum asks, "How is our school doing? How well does our school meet the needs of my child?" what is our answer?To respond appropriately to her questions we need to explore some fundamental issues. What are we trying to 'teach' our students? What is...
Trying to Wiggle out of Social Class Analysis
The Fraser Institute (FI), the extreme right wing "think tank" that supports the almost total privatization of public education, has released its list of Ontario school rankings again in an attempt to provoke anger where very little exists. Over the...
War on Public Schools Rages: Right-Wing "Think Tanks" on the Attack
Supporters of public education need to realize they're in the middle of a war for its future, and they're losing.The Fraser Institute's school report-card program is merely the opening salvo in a campaign to strip pubUc education of its funding and direct...
World Bank Blames Teachers: Claim: Meagre Salaries, Huge Classes, No Teaching Materials Not at Fault
The World Bank 2010 report "How Quiet Corruption Undermines Africa's Development Efforts" reaches the amazing conclusion that it is teachers and their unions who are undermining efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goal for education - primary...