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The Paradoxical Attraction Of Sports

Sport in general has always been a paradoxical attraction for me. I grew up on a farm where my father didn’t believe in the value of sport – it was more important to be watching the sheep on a Saturday or chopping weeds in the back paddock or collecting the eggs than to be hitting […]

UofT Professor on Canadian Counter-Terrorism Law

Well-known University of Toronto law professor Kent Roach has written a post about The Canadian Terrorist Attacks and Canadian Counter-Terrorism Law on the US-based Just Security website.The article examines some of the existing powers...Show More Summary

Recent Meeting Between Canadian Library Association Exec and Library and Archives Canada Management

Late last month, the Executive Council of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) met with senior management of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), including Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the LAC's new head.The CLA has published a summary of the...Show More Summary

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louise Arbour Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame

The Honourable Louise Arbour, who was a Supreme Court of Canada justice from 1999 to 2004, was recently inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.Madam Justice Arbour has also worked as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chief...Show More Summary

September/October 2014 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The September/October 2014 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available. Among this month's selection of articles: Public Relations: Outstanding Achievements: "The marketing strategy or public relations initiatives that work well for one library might not necessarily work well for another. Show More Summary

Updated Library of Parliament Publication on Bulk Water Removals

The Library of Parliament recently updated its background paper on Bulk Water Removals: Canadian Legislation : "For decades, Canadians have been raising concerns about the possibility of fresh water being removed from Canadian lakes and waterways in bulk, including for export to the United States and beyond. Show More Summary

Canadian Library Association Feliciter Issues for August and September 2014

The August and September issues of Feliciter, the journal of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), are available on line: Volume 60, Issue 4 (August 2014) - 2014 Annual General Meeting held in Victoria, British Columbia Volume 60, Issue 5 (September 2014) - Theme: Change vs. Panic

Interview With Law Library of Congress Lead Information Technology Specialist

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, has been running an interview series featuring members of the library staff. The series started in late October 2010.There are more than 140 posts in the series. Show More Summary

CLA Government Library Network Interviews With Government Info Librarians

For the past few months, the CLA Government Library and Information Management Professionals Network, part of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), has been publishing 13 Questions With..., a series on its website that profiles a member...Show More Summary

Library of Parliament Publication on Officers of Parliament

The Library of Parliament has updated a research publication that describes the Appointment of Officers of Parliament: "Officers of Parliament are responsible directly to Parliament rather than to the government or a federal minister. Show More Summary

Teach For America and protesting Harvard students open dialogue

Earlier this month I wrote about some Harvard University students in a group called United Students Against Sweatshops who wrote a letter to Harvard President Drew Faust asking her to sever ties with Teach For America unless TFA made big changes. It didn’t, and the ties remain, but the students and TFA have been talking […]

Teach For America and protesting Harvard students open dialogue

Earlier this month I wrote about some Harvard University students in a group called United Students Against Sweatshops who wrote a letter to Harvard President Drew Faust asking her to sever ties with Teach For America unless TFA made big changes. It didn’t, and the ties remain, but the students and TFA have been talking […]

Critical-Thinking Skills Tested in Arcade-Style Math Game

Title : Twelve a Dozen Summary : Engrossing math platformer puts problem-solving skills to the test Pros : Learning is seamlessly integrated with a whimsical story line and highly engaging gameplay...

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: The Lead Busters Club

Use this site to help your early elementary students understand the dangers of of lead.

The concrete facts about school performance

Sent to Time Magazine, Oct. 23, 2014.Re: Taking on Teacher Tenure, Time, November 3, 2014 "Unassuming" tycoon David Welch is also unformed. He claims he prefers a world of "concrete facts" but still maintains that the American education system is "failing" because of bad teachers who can't be fired. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Klein Vs. Ravitch, Part 157

New @JoelIKlein book reiterates his claim that @DianeRavitch reform reversal was personally motivated, says Newsweek's @alexnazaryan @DianeRavitch: @JoelIKlein @alexnazaryan Silly. My "reversal" occurred five years after my partner retired from NYC DOE. Show More Summary

A Teacher Union Parable

The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls held its 23rd Annual Ringside fundraiser in which local businessmen box each other to raise money for that charity. To his great credit, Chicago Teachers Union field representative Joey McDermott agreed to take part. Mark Konkol of DNAInfo Chicago described what happened next. One fighter — the only union […]

NEA’s Next Target: Florida’s 2nd District

The National Education Association’s Super PAC has pivoted recently to close House races, spending $335,000 on an ad buy in Maine’s 2nd Congressional district last week. This week it spent $126,000 on a TV ad against incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Southerland in Florida’s 2nd District. Southerland is locked in a tight race with Democrat Gwen […]

It’s a Teacher Union Real Estate Sell-Off!

Yesterday’s post about the Massachusetts Teachers Association selling its headquarters building in Boston was one in a long line of stories about teachers’ unions and real estate. There was the United Teachers of Dade sale, and the Indiana State Teachers Association sale (to NEA Properties Inc.), and even the United Federation of Teachers multiple sales. […]

Massachusetts Teachers Association Becomes a Tenant

Last year we reported the Massachusetts Teachers Association put its eight-story headquarters building in Boston up for sale. After almost a year, the union finally found a buyer. New York-based real estate investors Faros Properties purchased the building for a reported $9.85 million. Under the terms of the sale, MTA will remain in the space […]

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