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What Studies Can’t See

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Once again, the Fraser Institute has issued its Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools. And, once again, youngest’s school ranks very, very, very poorly under their system.
And they really couldn’t be more wrong.
It’s maddening. I have been in this school countless times as a parent and a volunteer. I see what they do: loaded down […]

What’s in a name?

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Here we go again. The issue of what surnames you give your child has sparked an interesting and thoughtful discussion over at Bitch Ph.D.. (Her blog is always a source for excellent, passionate and engaging discussion.) However, this topic, this ground, is so well trodden, I feel as if I’m watching people treading in a […]

Empathy is Boundless

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

As a longtime horsewoman, I’m thrilled to know that Barbaro continues to recover as well as could be hoped from his complex and arduous surgery. Horse-racing is a sport that rips your heart out with the high rate of injuries to horses and jockeys. That said, this attitude really irked me:
Regardless, as one person noted, […]

Enrichment Anxiety

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

It’s frustrating — eldest comes home from school, mildly discouraged. Other students are being tapped for this and that special activity which we’ve not heard about until that very moment or for which requires a teacher nomination or invitation. I feel as if we’re playing catch-up, and badly at that!
Yesterday’s such depressing announcement was about […]

Friday Poetry Blogging

Friday, April 7th, 2006

The Clear-Thinking Edition (dedicated to PZ Myers)
Whatever Is
Whatever is we only know
As in our minds we find it so;
No staring fact is half so clear
As one dim, preconceived idea –-
No matter how the fact may glow.
Vainly may Truth her trumpet blow
To stir our minds; like heavy dough
They stick to what they think — won’t hear
Whatever […]

Feminism Kills Again!

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Oh, lordie, look out, people! Feminism has killed again. This time, it’s responsible for the demise of “female altruism” and the catastrophic decline in the number of middle-class, unpaid female volunteers who used to maintain our social services infrastructure. Or so Alison Wolf would have us think.
Her Prospect Magazine article “Working Girls” is generating a […]

Daycare Memories

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Geeky Mom discussed the reality of daycare, including costs, inspiring a flood of comments from her readers. We’ve outlined our own experiences in the discussion, but one aspect I haven’t yet seen brought up much is the experience of being second-generation daycare.
Yes, I went into daycare as a child. Not for all my preschool years, […]

R.I.P. Betty Friedan

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Author of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan passed away today at 85 years of age.
I liked this quote from the Toronto Star snippet:
As a founder and first president of the National Organization for Women in 1966, she staked out positions that seemed extreme at the time on such issues as abortion, sex-neutral help-wanted ads, equal […]

Tenacity or Trouble?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

My colleague can bring his Lab into work. Of course, since I own a pit bull, my dog isn’t welcome in public any more. But that’s better for everyone, or is it? In an excellent New Yorker article, Malcolm Gladwell explores the logical fallacies inherent in the pit bull ban:
The process of moving from the […]


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

So, we had an election last night and, despite the pompous prognosticatings of the New York Times, this was not “a striking turn in the country’s politics”.
Let’s do the math (from the CBC results reporting): 308 ridings
Conservatives: 124
Liberals: 103
Bloc: 51
NDP: 29
Others: 1
So, to get anything passed, you need 155 votes. How are the Conservatives going […]