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  1. As we prepare kids with 21st century skills, we must change the way lessons are developed, and we must change the classroom setting. Traditional things aren't needed anymore. Here is the flipped math classroom, something I will be incorporating in my classroom this fall. This is truly exciting.


    ... Back on topic.

    I don't Know which school system you work for. I think you should look at the success of the traditional model before replacing it. Looking At what my parents learnt, They learned things in high school which I didn't start learning until first or second year university. Comparatively children in Japan start learning our grade 12 math at 15.

    Our current system languishes not necessarily because it teaches incorrectly. But really because its afraid to enforce standards of education.

    Further more any reform should based on scientific evidence rather than what seems to be a good idea

  2. Don't get too hopeful. Think about how much opposition the keystone and north gateway pipeline generated. Then remember that our "beloved" premier Dalton closed to two gas plants purely to appease nimbys. As much sense as this project makes. People will oppose it simply because its oil.

  3. Why ask the SC about abolishing the senate IF they really want to reform it? I've heard Pierre on this topic many times and he doesn't like the fact the senate can redo what the Parliament has done with Bills and wants all the power in the House or another way of saying it THEY want all the control and power. I can understand more info from SC about reforming, which would be alot easier than trying to get rid of it,unless they are using the action of abolishing to get what they really want is reform.

    The senate is proscribed in the constitution. We'd need to amend the constitution to get rid / reform of the senate. The amendment formula requires the senate in all cases we have to go through the sc to over turn it.

  4. I'm coming into to this debate late and I'm not really sure who to reply to or what I should be responding to. But here's my two cents.

    Many people in this debate have argued for the elimination of public debt. It should be noted that government debt is important to the function of our economy. T bills and other government bond (at least CND bonds) are considered to be risk free investments by investors. This is necessary because it creates a benchmark for All other bonds to compare to. Furthermore the risk free element is attractive to investors seeking to balance the risk of their portfolios. In fact many Large portfolios like insurance, are required by law to have a certain portion of their portfolio be government bonds.

    For these reasons amongst others governments are actually continuously selling bonds even when they aren't running a deficit.

    Also some people have argued for stopping payments to bonds. This Would not only be dishonorable to us as a nation. But also increase future lending rates and would financially ruin many of the bondholders. Creating a financial crisis like what is currently happening in Greece.

    My point is government debt is necessary to our current economic structure. It isn't a bad thing unless its at risk of insolvency. Which the Canadian debt isn't.

    So don't fix what ain't broken?

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