Why Architecture Matters

    I'm a great admirer of scientist and architectural theorist Christopher Alexander and the New Urbanist movement begun by Jane Jacobs. Both have been controversially supported by the Prince of Wales, who was in Winnipeg the other day for a visit. The Prince's other wacky ideas (sarcasm..) include things like environmental sustainability, small business creation, and youth …

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Philosophy as Cognitive Therapy

Albert Ellis, the founder of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, was originally a Psychoanalyst but became disillusioned with its results. He turned to the teachings of an ancient Roman slave and philosopher - Epictetus. Epictetus was Greek, and followed the teachings of Socrates and Plato. The Stoic philosophy has a familiar ring because it uses basically the same method …

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Amanda Ripley on low-tech critical thinking

In this interview with the Economist, Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How they Got That Way, discusses low-tech critical thinking as part of the success of Asian schools (and Finland) on the PISA test. "I have been to some of the most mediocre stultifyingly boring classrooms you have ever …

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Inquiry, Hegel style

‘Education to independence demands that young people should be accustomed early to consult their own sense of propriety and their own reason. To regard study as mere receptivity and memory work is to have a most incomplete view of what instruction means.’ G.W.F Hegel (1770-1831)   Check out Peter Worleys's  Philosophy Foundation - which trains …

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the rise of Model UN

You'd think that sitting through eight hours of speeches two days in a row would deflate any high schooler from participating again, not to mention their teacher counsellors. This was my first year at Winnipeg Model UN, and it was the best experience of students passing notes (personal and diplomatic) in my teaching career. When else do …

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