“Living and Learning” – The Hall-Dennis Report

Living and Learning Living and Learning, better known with reference to its principal authors as the Hall-Dennis Report, was commissioned by the Ontario Government and published in 1968. It stands out as perhaps the best report on education ever commissioned by a government. If its recommendations had been properly implemented, public education would probably now … [Read more…]

Where to after Beyond Measure? – Making Change Happen

An OPERI Report March 2016 www.operi.ca Comments from people attending the Ottawa screening of Beyond Measure and the follow-up workshop repeated the view that public education is failing in ways that have dire consequences for students. There was no immediate consensus on how to correct the system, which prompted one participant to say that we … [Read more…]

It’s a World Café

ANNOUNCING “It’s a World Café” Tuesday, February 23rd, 7 – 9 pm The Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre – Accueil Hall 300 Des Peres Blancs Ave., Vanier (See below for bus and driving directions, and book sales info.) Free parking on site. This Café sponsored by OPERI is a follow-up to the Ottawa screening of Beyond Measure, but you do … [Read more…]

The Teenage Brain

I recently attended a couple of events where presenters related teenage behaviour to frontal lobe development. The frontal lobe is identified as the part of the brain that handles executive functions. It has been found to be less developed in teenagers than in adults and the conclusion being drawn is that we cannot expect teenagers to show the maturity … [Read more…]

An excerpt from Carol Black’s article “A Thousand Rivers”

“Collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World.” “Any wildlife biologist knows that an animal in a zoo will not develop normally if the environment is incompatible with the evolved social needs of its species. But we no … [Read more…]

The Downtrodden

In his article titled A Message For The Downtrodden, David Mills offers a helpful glimpse of the value of some of our most struggling students. He writes, “I have always felt an affinity for children labelled with conditions such as dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (yes, our society has actually sunk to the depths of describing children … [Read more…]