How History Should Be Taught or a Review of Heroes of History:  A Brief History Of Civilization From Ancient Times To The Dawn Of The Modern Age.  Will Durant, Simon and Schuster.  New York: 2001.  348 pages.

Will Durant was born in 1885 and died in 1981.  Born of French Canadian parents, he immigrated to the US and was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize as well as the American Medal of Freedom —the highest honour that the US government can bestow upon a civilian.  Among his many publications, he wrote a […]

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The Collapse of Parenting:  How We Hurt Our Kinds When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups.  Leonard Sax, MD,PhD., Basic Books.  New York: 2016.  287pages.

Leonard Sax has written a number of best-selling books some of which I have already posted book reviews of including Boys Adrift and Why Gender Matters.  As a general practitioner and family doctor with an MD, he adds a PhD in psychology to his qualifications .  That plus 25 years of experience dealing with families […]

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Confucius and the Classroom

The Chinese philosopher Confucius (K’ug Fu-tzui) believed that to restore the morality and social order of his times, it was necessary to promote education.  His main ideas in that regard can be found in a book called The Great Learning which was a compilation of his teachings gathered by his students.   His views were […]

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The Paperweight on my Desk 

Throughout my career, I have always kept one object on my desk.  It is a rectangular glass paperweight with a photograph mounted within it depicting a balconied resort building in Southern Ontario with scores of figures dressed in keeping with styles prevalent around 1900.  There had been some writing on the back, but time and […]

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On Happiness:  Part One 

Within the context of schooling and parenting, the issue of whether children are happy or not frequently arises.  It seems obvious that happiness is a preferred state of being — but is it.  If we were happy all of the time what would that mean.  Indeed, what is happiness? Whereas this might appear to be […]

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Schools and Mental Health 

If there is one thing that the last two years of dealing with the covid pandemic and its attack upon our physical health has taught us, it is the importance of mental health.  Nowhere has this been more apparent than the effects upon our children and nowhere has this been more obvious than in the […]

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Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693)

The most famous English philosopher of the 17th century was John Locke (1632-1704) whose published works covered a wide range of subjects. However, one of his most widely read books was Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693) which remained a classic of progressive education for almost two centuries and still has relevance today.  It is refreshing […]

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On the Nature of Happiness Part II.

On the Nature of Happiness Part II.  In a previous newsletter, I raised the issue of ‘happiness’.  The famous British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell wrote a book in 1932 entitled The Conquest of Happiness for which he was later awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature.  His wife, not to be outdone wrote her own […]

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