While I agree with your overall sentiment, please allow me to play the Devil's advocate by re-wording your above text:
'The founding of Canada is a part of our history as a nation. What happened should be taught in public school to educate the next generation. Understanding the mistakes of our ancestors will better equip us not to repeat them. A national holiday like Canada Day is a stupid idea and really a cop out. A band aid from the Pander Bear. It's like throwing money at an issue without trying to understand or correct it. We have been doing that for far too long.'
'The end of WWI is a part of our history as a nation. What happened should be taught in public school to educate the next generation. Understanding the mistakes of our ancestors will better equip us not to repeat them. remembrance Day is a stupid idea and really a cop out. A band aid from the Pander Bear. It's like throwing money at an issue without trying to understand or correct it. We have been doing that for far too long.'
I'm sure we could say the same about Christmas, Easter, or any other holiday, no?
There seems to be some confusion about what is and is not a stat holiday.
New Year's Day Jan 1 Jan 1 January 1st
Good Friday March 30 April 19 Friday before Easter Sunday
Canada Day July 1 July 1 July 1st or July 2nd if the 1st is a Sunday
Labour Day Sept 3 Sept 2 First Monday of September
Christmas Day Dec 25 Dec 25 December 25
Everything else is a provincial holiday. You notice Victoria Day and Thanksgiving are not stat holidays.
Here is a full list:
Remembrance Day is not a holiday in ON but it is a bank holiday. Those of us working for a bank get it off.
Didn't see the sense in starting a new thread for this, Dec and figured this was good place to put it.
“Teachers – don’t worry if you don’t have the knowledge or skill set. You are the lead learner. Inquire not lecture.”
This was an actual tweet from a prominent education guru. Sadly, this message is far from isolated. There is a common belief in education circles that teacher subject-matter expertise does not matter a whole lot.
The underlying assumption is that learning is more about a generalized process than it is about mastering subject-specific content. In other words, the journey matters more than the actual destination. Since knowledge changes so quickly, students should learn how to learn rather than spend their valuable time memorizing facts that will soon be outdated.
This thinking has been popularized by the 21st Century Skills movement. Advocates of this approach suggest that students need to work on generic skills such as creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking. Since these skills are allegedly transferable between different subjects, they will never become obsolete. This is why provinces such as Alberta and British Columbia are going through a curriculum revision process that involves reducing the amount of content in core subjects.
Look again at the tweet quoted earlier. It tells teachers not to worry if they do not have the knowledge or the skill set. It reminds them that they are lead learners and encourages teachers to inquire rather than to lecture. This is exactly the message you would expect from someone who does not value teacher expertise.
By this reasoning, it does not matter if math teachers know little about math. In fact, teachers who lack math knowledge or the specific skills to solve math problems may actually be more effective in the classroom since they can learn the material together with their students. That is the message teachers often hear from the many gurus who speak at their professional development conferences.
Of course, no other profession would tolerate this kind of direct attack on expertise. Imagine telling a heart surgeon not to worry if she does not have the knowledge or skill set to perform heart surgery. Even more absurd would be telling airplane pilots that they don’t need to know how to fly a plane since they can learn alongside their passengers. The reason we call people professionals is because they have specific expertise that the public lacks."
She wasn't Queen Bess. She was Elizabeth the 1st (reigned from 17 November 1558 until 24 March 1603).
You mean good Queen Vicky!
In fact PET had all the same race bias and delusions of his generation.
While he believed in the innate equality of all people, he did not understand the concepts of truth and reconciliation. He tried to extinguish indigenous claims.
He was quickly corrected.
Well, what an RACIST effing turd!!! Why isn't he being disappeared from history like the jail bait trough porking communist he truly was?
Why not Pearson, Diefenbaker, St. Laurent, MacKenzie King or a dozen others. He was a f**king turd alright but for many other culpable reasons!
Lol, yeah dat's true doh, them too..I mention Pierre for the hypocrisy factor on the preaching thing.
Canada and many Canadians have shit on them for over 150 years. Do you think it might have something to do with trust?
Trust works both ways, Cliffy. When Canadians are being given selective accounts of events and prevented from hearing the entire truth they tend to look askance at what certain members of society are continually espousing as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but.