It's in teachers' own interests to demand, through their unions, that teachers be at the heart of the system -- by having a major say on what happens in their classrooms.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
Big audiences come with and without taste. Here's where you start to see Stursberg's real problem. The guy, as Steve Jobs said about Microsoft, simply has no taste.
There was nothing fraudulent about the way Rob Ford became mayor. It may be dispiriting but it wasn't illegal or immoral and the flaws it exposed are built deep into the system.
I'd like to congratulate members of the United Church on the decision to take a very mild position on Israeli settlements in occupied territories, as the main cause of Mideast conflict.
A toast to Paul Ryan -- or to Mitt Romney who made him his teammate in the U.S. presidential race -- for putting a grand old argument back on the front burner.
The widespread surprise and alarm over Barack Obama's recently revealed "kill list" for suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens and innocent bystanders, is a case of misplaced shock.
At least in the 20th century the Games were about something, though it wasn't athletes, it was ideology. Now all that sport-inflected ideology is obsolete, though of course the issues aren't.
What do people mean when they talk about democracy? I'm not thinking of historians, politicians or philosophers; just people.
The link between economics and democratics isn't statistical, it's moral. Yet it can't find real expression through existing political institutions. The solutions can only be new democratic forms.
I've spent recent days on an island north of Huntsville pondering the death from cancer, at 71, of the Irish-American left-wing journalist Alexander Cockburn.