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05/22/17

Schmaltz uses historical quotations to emphasize his commitment

In his initial address to councillors, recently named Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Executive Director Randy Schmaltz evoked the words of such luminaries as Martin Luther King Jr. and Winston Churchill. Schmaltz pulled no punches in describing the serious challenges the teaching… +Read More
05/15/17

‘I wanted to die’: Gender diverse teen talks self-harm and support after bullying

Jordyn Dyck didn’t want to live anymore after experiencing incessant bullying. “I wanted to die,” the 14-year-old said. “People didn’t like me, I guess, because of who I am.” In Grade 7, Jordyn came out to peers as transgender at school. Jordyn now identifies… +Read More
04/19/17

Some parents concerned about gender-neutral bathrooms in new Regina schools

Some parents are concerned about Regina’s new schools because they all have gender-neutral bathrooms. “My eight-year-old daughter has voiced the most concerns,” said Rena Nepinak. “She feels very strongly about boys and girls using the bathrooms together and she’s not comfortable with it. It’s not familiar to her.” On Monday, Nepinak’s four children will be going to school at the new Sacred Heart School in central Regina. Nepinak said she agrees with gender-neutral bathrooms, but she just hopes her children... +Read More
11/28/16

Dad ‘fearful’ of day autistic daughter can’t go to class with peers

A Kennebecasis Valley father is concerned about what increasing criticism of the province’s inclusion policy in schools may mean for his autistic daughter. Alex Mouland, whose daughter Kate attends elementary school, said he’s worried what will happen if the government moves away from including students with intellectual, behavioural and physical challenges in classrooms. “I am fearful of the day when Kate isn’t allowed to go into class with her peers, because she absolutely loves it,” said Mouland. “When you have... +Read More
11/03/16

Alberta LGBTQ school toolkit praised as ‘good start,’ but called ‘dangerous’ by critic

Mason Jenkins is a 27-year-old transgender Calgary man who began his transition about six years ago. “I just never really fit in those constructed ideas of what it means to be a little girl, what it means to be feminine in our society,” he explained. “Our school system is a very heteronormative system, so it doesn’t really provide experiences of transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, LGBTQ identities.” So for Jenkins, a new guidebook to help teachers discuss issues around gender,... +Read More
10/19/15

Celebrating Each Student is what public education is all about

In the realm of public education the oft-discussed merits of standardized testing invariably results in widely contrasting views. One of the inescapable realities of an over reliance on standardized testing is that depending on its implementation it can marginalize some… +Read More
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