Rants – Why I Don’t Love

When something bugs me, I need to vent.

Dear Students on Social Media: How Do You Manage?

Hello, young folk. If you are a student in high school or university, have a smartphone with one or more social media accounts, and are passing your courses, then let me say: my hat is off to you. If you are excelling, then I am fully impressed. Here’s why. I am kinda old. Specifically, I’m thirty-nine, not so many months […]

Bullies: How You Treat People = WHO YOU ARE

For your reading pleasure today, we have a rant for and about BULLIES. Specifically, adult bullies who need to know better. I’m incensed after reading an article about disgusting trollery cropping up among Ontario doctors, targeting other doctors with whom they disagree on their internal politics. Click on over if you’d like to bear witness to some truly heinous behaviour, some even with screen-capture […]

How Not To Be A Douchebag: “FHRITP” and Other Issues

Ever have the feeling that, as a species, we’re moving backwards? That we’ve had some dark, shameful times in our collective history… and that this is one of them? That’s how I feel right now, thinking about the guys who yell obscenities at female (or sometimes male) reporters on live TV, under the mistaken – and tragic – impression that it’s […]

Please Don’t Wish Me “Happy Turkey Day”

Don’t worry: this is not an angry rant or even a grumpy one. A little persnickety, perhaps. It might not even qualify as a rant. I would just like to ask that you wish me Happy Thanksgiving this year, instead of Happy Turkey Day. I know y’all are excited about your turkey. Some of you look forward to your roasted bird all year long, and […]

Why Teacher Incentive Pay and Standardized Tests Don’t Help Kids

  The Fraser Institute, a Canadian public-policy think tank, has just released a study recommending something called “teacher incentive pay”, based on student achievement. The idea is, teachers would be paid bonuses based on high scores in their students’ standardized test results. This, they say, is key to Canada staying competitive on the world stage. I always have to laugh […]

Dear Five-Year-Old: I sure love you, even when I don’t like you much.

Beloved E, I started writing a blog post in your honour just over two weeks ago, when you turned five. Part of the reason it didn’t get done in a timely manner is because your birthday happened to fall between two disparate weeks of insanity. The other reason is that I wanted to write something full of love, something oozing […]

A Li’l Rant About Tantrums

E is a pretty cool kid. He is also quite challenging at the moment. So far, we have not had any negative reports from his teachers in terms of his behaviour. Aside from that time in the fall when he didn’t want to participate in gym (it was understandably overwhelming, with 30 kids bouncing and echoing around), he seems to […]

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