Google has been amazing with its offers for Education. The fact that they have given so much has also pushed others to up their game – Microsoft now has Office 365 free for students, in order to compete with Google Apps for Education.
But with Google+, Google has an offer beyond everyone else. And they’ve upped it yet again – check out Google’s Virtual Field Trips:
On Tous le Monde en Parle last night, PQ Minister Réjean Hébert showed his great concern that patients in hospitals should be free from the worry of their Doctor or Nurse wearing a hijab.
The idea that *this* is his priority, when Quebec hospitals and healthcare in general is in such a poor state? It’s pathetic. Time for an election and time to kick these sad clowns out.
“Those ostentatious symbols create a distance, and they could cause certain problems in the relationship between the nurse, the doctor and the patient, and that’s what should be avoided,” he said.
Read the story on The Montreal Gazette here.
Personally, I’m interested in educated, highly competent people who care about their patients. The idea that this government is actually concerned about their religion, or what they wear?
Holy crap, this is ignorance beyond compare.
Aha! This is why the keep cutting money from education! Long term effort to expand their base! Keep ‘em ignorant! I get it now… they’re brilliant. Uh huh.
Diane Ravitch has gone a little overboard with her seeming endless hate for “school reform” and the role private business might play in it, but this note from a Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry presents exactly why a strict adherence to the “Common Core” is not the right path to follow.
Though the term “Common Core” is mainly associated with the USA these days, we too follow a similar path with age based groupings and the hugely specific benchmarks defined by MELS for what each student should have mastered at any given point.
I don’t know who he is, but he’s right.
It’s interesting to read this press release from our PQ government from just last week, recognizing that when schools are perceived to be more open and welcoming, parents get more involved.
And when parents are more involved in their children’s education, their children end up being better students.
How is this new proposed “Charter of Values” going to affect the openness and the welcoming atmosphere of our schools? I don’t see how it can help, but I *do* see how it will hurt.
… Mme Marois is actually responding to the fairly aggressive demands of both the French & English school board associations to meet, as quickly as possible.
She is under a lot of pressure to speak the truth about these tax increases. Let’s see what she comes out with after this meeting.
NOT ONE PENNY MORE TO SCHOOLS OR SCHOOL BOARDS. Just more tax to the Quebec government – that’s what this school tax increase is delivering.
Apparently, Pauline Marois is interested in calling a little meeting for Quebec’s school boards and herself.
Video & story here.
There is nothing I would like more, but sadly, there is likely only vapour behind her hypocritical “tough talk”. Mme Marois somehow has the gall to suggest that School Board’s have done something wrong, in instituting the forced tax increases that she herself has put in motion.
«Je suis tellement mécontente de la façon dont ont travaillé les commissions scolaires, on a un petit rendez-vous elles et moi et on va avoir une petite discussion sur cette question. Les citoyens ont raison d’être mécontents», a fustigé la première ministre.
There is ONE REASON school boards have raised taxes this year. Because the PQ Government forced us to. PERIOD. We are simply the tax collector here for Mme Marois’ Government. Not ONE additional penny is going to the School Board or to our schools. For her to suggest anything else is simply tripe.
Well done, Mme Marois. I didn’t think I could hold this Government in any more contempt. You managed to eke some more out of me.
From Diane Ravitch’s blog:
A teacher in Broward County writes:
“I am tired of hearing about data. We teach CHILDREN, every time I hear about the data, I feel like they think we are training lab mice,”
This is the battle I find myself in, as a technology guy and as a Commissioner. Data is important. It’s hard (impossible?) to measure effectiveness without data. Really, I am a data guy. But there is a line. This is about students. And they’re not just numbers.
The role of Commissioner is to oversee the effective delivery of a school board’s human, financial and educational services. We are to create, monitor and update policy to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the population. We are accountable.
I worry that we sometimes miss the fact that we are not just shuffling “numbers”. Each one of these “numbers” is a student, living within a family with all of its history, its uniqueness and its varied abilities. When it comes down to students and their families, the Commissioner is the final line of defence for the student first, above and beyond the numbers.
As we embark on a new school year, I’m going to do my very best to ensure that Council has it in mind that students are the priority; they are not just numbers. We are *not* training lab mice.