Category: Rants

I get a little riled up occasionally, and then I think about why I am angry. I will continue thinking long after I should have let it go. One great way of getting beyond the issue is to write about it.


What We Can Learn from the Dress Code


As the weather turns warmer, I again hear of some student displeasure with the dress code--this sentiment is as cyclical as the seasons.  Because it is ridiculous that a school should have no dress code at all, I am tempted to tease that we should just adopt school uniforms?  I'd...

Was Paul a Jihadist?


  I heard it a second time, "The apostle Paul was a jihadist."  He wasn't really though, was he? Before his conversion, Paul, then called Saul, persecuted Christians.  In his own words, he says that he persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond...

12 Keys to Writing a Great Exam Composition


Of course you want the highest mark possible on your exam composition. I’ve been marking the BC English 12 provincial exam for many years—more than 20, I think.  I just finished marking the composition for this year's exam and I decided to write about it while my thoughts are still...

Truth is a Fad


On a recent trip to downtown Vancouver, my wife and I popped into Christ Church Cathedral on the corner of Georgia and Burrard.  I find it hard to resist a cathedral and always try the doors to see if I can get a look inside.  The door was unlocked and a pleasant...

Are students prepared for university?


Education has changed.  I'm teaching differently.  Student's are learning differently. How well do the new approaches to learning and teaching prepare students for university? Back in the Day When I first started teaching Literature 12 there were provincial exams.  These were content focussed.  One of the purposes of the exam...

Why Tolkien?


A few pastors from my church are very wise and godly men; they are literate and literary, discerning and spiritually intuitive--then we have those who hosted this past week’s Extra Podcast. I can forgive their derision of Star Wars fandom and can the ridiculous claim that Episodes I-III are terrible--evidenced by...

I couldn’t lose this one.


A few of my students were quite upset at the tone of the article we took up in class.  The subject was social media and the author wasn't very positive about some of the effects that continuous access to the internet and social media has on young people.  When I said...

I Invented Twitter in 1990


Most people think Twitter began in 2006, but a form of it existed in my grade 7 classroom long before that.  I didn't call it Twitter, I called it "Notion Notes." Early in my career, I was a grade seven teacher.  Besides having fun learning all that Science and English, we also did fun...

“I think” versus “I feel”


I've noticed my students using "I feel" when expressing an opinion--they always used to say "I think." I'm a big fan of discussion in my classes--the kind where students read and annotate an article or paper, one that is difficult, but accessible with effort.  Then they discuss the article, from the...

Bad Theology in the “New” Doxology?


New doesn't necessarily mean improved. This is certainly the case for "The New Doxology" by Gateway Worship. The first verse of the new one is the same as that of the old one, but they've added a chorus. This recent fad of taking some of the greatest hymns of the Christian faith...