Public School Perspectives

A public school teacher’s positive take on homeschooling.

The Wishbook

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Public School Perspectives | 3 comments

The Wishbook

Rather than demanding that everybody meets minimal standards like schools, we should strive for a learning environment that emulates love, patience, contentment, generosity, inner strength, and humility. See if you can find any of those life pillars in the government mandated learning outcomes, school rules, or class expectations. The place that comes closest to modelling and teaching such grand ideas is the family home and that is where I want my children to be taught.

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Learning Outside the Box: How Success Leads to Success

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Public School Perspectives | 2 comments

Learning Outside the Box: How Success Leads to Success

In my job as a teacher I am consistently amazed at the capabilities of teenagers.  Most recently, I have been amazed by a local mountain biker whose online videos of himself astounded me, both for the difficulty of the tricks that he successfully landed and for the quality of the video footage that was taken and […]

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Keeping Curious: Retaining Our Love of Learning

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Public School Perspectives | 5 comments

Keeping Curious: Retaining Our Love of Learning

The other day I walked into our carport only to discover my son, Ronan, stabbing my car’s engine with a stick through the grill at the front of the car.  Before I could get mad at him, he looked at me and proudly stated, “I am fixing the car.”  Only a few days earlier we […]

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Alone Time

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Public School Perspectives | 7 comments

Alone Time

I vividly remember the summer after grade ten because it was the first of two long solo bike trips that I completed.  The previous summers I had biked with my Dad on the Gulf Islands on the Pacific Coast.  We carried a tent and took to campsites for night.   So I had all the […]

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The Importance of Family Time

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Public School Perspectives | 5 comments

The Importance of Family Time

I have never heard my father talk about his views on family but it is easy to see how important family is to him and how important it has always been. First, despite being a professional, he moved our family to a hobby farm just outside of the city limits so that, as a family […]

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Peer Orientation

Posted by on Aug 6, 2011 in Public School Perspectives | 2 comments

Peer Orientation

When I was a teenager I whole heartedly rejected my parents and their views on life. I didn’t want to be seen with them or even associate with the family. I cared much more about what my peers thought and I tried desperately to fit in with them. I verbally offended my family and my […]

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