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OPINION: Let students fail, make marks matter and stop overcomplicating education

OPINION: Let students fail, make marks matter and stop overcomplicating education

Children have to be allowed to 'fail.' I wonder how many individualized program plans (IPPs) and adaptations could be alleviated if children who genuinely needed to be held back a year were given the opportunity for a do-over? That's some serious food for thought right there.
Happy 1st birthday to us at Local Xpress

Happy 1st birthday to us at Local Xpress

Born a week after the start of The Chronicle Herald newsroom strike, the Local Xpress turns a year old today. A sweet and sour moment for us — we're still doing journalism but we're also still on strike.
OPINION: Affordable urban housing a marketable asset for Atlantic Canada

OPINION: Affordable urban housing a marketable asset for Atlantic Canada

In an age of bloated house prices in many urban centres, Atlantic Canada's situation is enviable. This is a big advantage ... It is a great enticement to young people — either those already here or those who might come — that the Atlantic region is an affordable place to live. If the provinces can market themselves as a good place to settle down, buy a home and start a family, the results will impress.
Strike three for teachers' deal: Why No is still my answer

Strike three for teachers' deal: Why No is still my answer

I am voting No because the same mantra — 'this is the best we could do' due to the government's threats of proclaiming Bill 148 and/or imposing Bill 75 — is not a valid enough reason for teachers to abandon our passion for change.
COMMENTARY: #BellLetsTalk about how this hashtag-happy world misses the point

COMMENTARY: #BellLetsTalk about how this hashtag-happy world misses the point

Do you know what’s important to the people living in Nova Scotia Hospital, and the kids at the Garron Centre? It’s not stigma. It’s the fact that, despite everything, they are still being plied with medications to fix what isn’t there. It’s the fact that, despite so much research proving the importance of therapy, it is only now that we are even beginning to see it implemented.
OPINION: Don't let misinformation muddy the waters about tidal power

OPINION: Don't let misinformation muddy the waters about tidal power

Can in-stream tidal technology be one? It will take time to have all the answers — to know if this new technology is both safe and affordable. To find those answers, we can’t be led by speculation, nor by false claims. We must be led by science. We must be led by facts.
OPINION: Don't exclude disability community's voice from classroom-inclusion commission

OPINION: Don't exclude disability community's voice from classroom-inclusion commission

To empower a commission to look at a model that directly affects the education and future livelihood of children with disabilities — without including representatives with disabilities — would be irresponsible and completely against what the inclusion model is theoretically supposed to stand for.
OPINION: Inaugurate new year by putting end-of-life wishes at top of your to-do list

OPINION: Inaugurate new year by putting end-of-life wishes at top of your to-do list

Studies show that people who have conversations about their end-of-life preferences are much more likely to be satisfied with the care received, and their caregivers are less likely to suffer from depression or be left wondering if they made the right decisions for their loved ones.
Follow NDP's example and speak out on economic inequality

Follow NDP's example and speak out on economic inequality

The increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the few is not a natural phenomenon; it is made possible by public policies that prioritize wealth over work and the few over the many.
ANNA SHOUB: Do home-based businesses compete with the shops on Main Street?

ANNA SHOUB: Do home-based businesses compete with the shops on Main Street?

Small specialty shops and services come with their own loyal following. Anyone who drives across the province or country to visit a home-based business is pretty much guaranteed to spend a couple more hours in town patronizing other local businesses.