Author Archives: tdurrie

About tdurrie

An aging radical with thoughts about society, education, arts, politics, and food.

VIRTUAL REALITY, A TEACHER’S DREAM

VIRTUAL REALITY, A TEACHER’S DREAM The fact that I can virtually take them some place we’d never be able to visit is just a teacher’s dream,” she explains. But that dream is just not affordable for many schools. –Rebekah Henick, school … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Learning, Marshall McLuhan, School, Teachers, Technology, Television, Virtual Reality | Leave a comment

ME, MYSELF, AND I, E.G.

My friends, here is a most extraordinarily awkward avoidance of “me”, from an announcement of an AGM delivered today via e-mail: “… receive and approve our Treasurer’s Report, receive and discuss reports from myself, our Artistic Director, and … ” Huh?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

THE DREAD OF SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

Imagine, studies show that during the summer break kids forget a whole lot of what they were taught in school. According to On Line College, scores in standardized tests are lower in the fall than they were at the end … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

WHY THE FRASER INSTITUTE LIKES PRIVATE SCHOOLS

In the previous post (FRASER INSITUTE SAYS PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE OK), I pointed out how we were told repeatedly that any notions we might have of private schools as expensive and elite were uninformed, misguided, and incorrect. Furthermore, private schools … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FRASER INSTITUTE SAYS PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE OK

The Fraser Institute has released a study (A Diverse Landscape: Independent Schools in Canada, June 29, 2016) The study informs us that private—they prefer independent—schools are really just for regular folks who happen to think their kids should not mingle … Continue reading

Posted in Fraser Institute, Independent Schools, Independent Schools, Private Schools | Leave a comment

ME, MYSELF, AND I

Have you noticed how some people avoid using the word “me”? I guess they were told in childhood that it is impolite to refer to oneself in the first person objective case. As in “gimme, gimme, never gets”? As an … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

CANADA’S HEROES, SUNG AND UNSUNG

Canadian news media were full of prideful announcements when Milos Roanic defeated Roger Federer “in a breakthrough semifinal performance that will be remembered as a watershed moment in Canadian tennis.” It is notable that Federer, known as “the Swiss superstar,” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment