Aaron Rowe

Each week we look at a news story on education and make a few comments.  This week’s commentary is about a post in The Province titled, “Education divide: While Canadians stress happiness for their children, Asians tend to focus on high achievement.” Here are a few clips summarizing the article: In a nutshell, Canadian parents put [...]

Have you ever heard the statement, “The Medium is the Message”? As an educator you probably have heard it and like me, kind of understood what it meant and kind of not. It is Marshall McLuhan’s famous line from Understanding Media. In a nutshell, it means that the form of the medium embeds itself in [...]

A recent article in Education Week titled, “Is PD Behind Teacher Improvement? Maybe Not, Analysis Cautions,” questions the effectiveness of professional development in improving teaching practice and suggests it may not be money well spent. Of course money comes up because that seems to be our only metric these days in evaluating whether a practice [...]

Be Curious! When you are curious…you engage.  When students are curious…they engage. On the educational professional development circuit one often hears talk of problem solving. How do kids solve problems? Give them problems to solve and help them develop different ways to tackle a problem.  Sounds good…if all you want are worker monkeys who wait [...]