Going gradeless
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Going gradeless

This fall, British Columbia is moving to a gradeless system for kindergarten to grade nine and will continue to use letter grades for only the last three years of high school. This move affirms what many educators have long known to be true: we can do better than letter grades. Traditional grading systems are useful…

Life metrics
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Life metrics

“Christian schools create better citizens,” David Hunt says, “and you can verify that empirically.” Hunt is Cardus Education program director and co-author of a recent report focused on education titled Many Educational Systems, A Common Good. It’s the first Cardus report to compare Cardus Education survey results from three countries – Canada, America and Australia…

Are Christian schools worth having in a secular culture?
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Are Christian schools worth having in a secular culture?

Over the past century and especially during the last fifty years, much work has been done at both philosophical and curricular levels to justify and define the distinctive character of an education that takes place in reformed Christian schools. Most Christian day schools have vision and mission statements emphasizing their commitment to instill a Christian…

Welcoming a New Director of Planned Gifts and Investments
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Welcoming a New Director of Planned Gifts and Investments

Christian School Foundation The Christian School Foundation is pleased to announce that Kevin teBrake (Hons. B. Comm., M.Div.) is our new Director of Planned Gifts and Investments. Kevin’s lifelong commitment to Christian education, along with his training and professional experience as an accountant and as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, give him a…

King’s president responds 
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King’s president responds 

“The past few years we’ve done significant work to improve,” Dr. Humphreys says, “so we can continue to grow faculty, staff, students, etc –  but a global pandemic got in the way.” In May, Christian Courier published an article about the recent layoffs of four valued members of the King’s University community (“Confusion at King’s”)….

When God closes a church
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When God closes a church

For 70 years, Fruitland Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and its congregation in and around Fruitland, Ontario have given faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ over four generations of mostly Dutch-born or -descended members. Before the church was built in 1952, the growing congregation worshiped in a local Legion Hall. Early on, the fledgling…

Judgements
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Judgements

I was lucky Conroy was in his office, or in total exasperation I would have spilled it all to the secretary – that’s how angry I was. “He’s not coming back in,” I told the principal. “I’ve had it with the kid. He’s a jerk, and he’s pushed me over the line. He’s out of…

Short-term fix or long-term solutions?
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Short-term fix or long-term solutions?

Cost of living issues are dominating Ontario’s provincial election campaign. That is understandable because of recent price increases in food, gas and housing. It is also unfortunate because public debate focuses on short-term fixes when we need wise direction for the long-term challenges facing Ontario.  Short-termism is already baked into our electoral system. But changing…

Post-pandemic, should schools still go all-in on technology?
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Post-pandemic, should schools still go all-in on technology?

This month report cards will be going home to parents, assessing how well their children have caught up from more than a year of disrupted learning. Now that we’re back in the classrooms, I’m wondering – along with other teachers – about the long-term effects of our virtual education experiment. Anecdotal evidence suggests that during…