April 11, 2019

VWA Instructor Nominated for Award!

Vancouver Writing Academy is proud to announce that long-time instructor Kyle D’Odorico has been nominated for the 2019 Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize, for his script titled “Like a Thief in the Night”.  Kyle is one of four nominees for the award, which will be presented by the Writers Guild of Canada in Toronto on April 30th. Other nominees are Allan Markuze (Change on the Fly); Amir Kahnamouee (Harbour House); and Pat Holden (Mirror House). Kyle has been an instructor at VWA for several years. Specializing in Creative Writing, Kyle is a popular instructor whose classes are engaging. Students learn a […]
April 4, 2019

Elite Colleges Announce Record Low Admission Rates in Wake of College Cheating Scandal

Elite Colleges Announce Record Low Admission Rates in Wake of College Cheating Scandal By Anemona Hartocollis and Kate Taylor via New York Times, March 29, 2019 (see the original article here) It is harder than ever to get into a top-tier college. That was the message this week as several of the nation’s most selective universities trumpeted the news that they had record numbers of applicants — and record low admission rates. But the news was also troubling for many parents and students in the wake of a vast cheating scandal, in which federal investigators charged dozens of parents this month […]
March 8, 2019

Public Schools vs Private Schools

Public education was an experiment in America and Western Europe that began at the beginning of the 20th century and has since spread to many other countries. It has been a huge success, overall, although lately more and more people (in North America particularly) have become disenchanted with it, for some legitimate reasons, and for some rather unfair reasons. Private schools have been around since the beginning of civilization, and have been a success as well, although comparatively limited in their positive impact on societal evolution.   Public education sector workers and teachers are relatively autonomous from administration; they are […]
March 1, 2019

BC Curriculum Changes — Are You Ready?

BC Curriculum Changes — Are You Ready?   As of 2018, the Ministry of Education has introduced changes to the high school graduation requirements. While buzz at first claimed provincial exams would be eradicated, closer examination of the new guidelines shows amended final exams will still be implemented, in addition to a newly required Capstone project.   Overview High school students will write two new provincial exams that replace the old Math and English exams, one on “numeracy” and the other on “literacy”, and finish a “Capstone” project to present to a live audience. Students write the numeracy exam in […]
February 19, 2019

Five Things High Schoolers Need To Know More Than Computer Science

Five Things High Schoolers Need To Know More Than Computer Science by Christopher Rim via Forbes (see the original article here) A recent opinion piece in the New York Times discussed how the College Board is pushing for students to focus on mastering “two codes” — computer science and the US Constitution — but are those truly the right areas of focus? In the article, columnist Thomas Friedman spoke with College Board President David Coleman and chief of global policy Stefanie Sanford about why the organization (which produces the PSAT, SAT, and SATII standardized tests and AP classes and exams) had chosen those two areas of […]
February 1, 2019

Education Today and Tomorrow: How Your Kid Can Stand Out From The Crowd

Every student will get hands-on experience in collaboration, critical thinking and communications – skills they’ll need to succeed in college, university, and the workforce. Quote from The Education Ministry of BC referring to BC’s New Curriculum introduced in 2017.   This so-much-needed change is welcome, but the inefficiency of the BC educational system renders this transition to the new curriculum uncertain. As of right now, your kid’s school does not have the resources or the knowledge to prepare him/her for the careers of tomorrow – and do you want to have him/her wait? Will the jobs wait? Answer: No! Technology […]
September 14, 2018

VWA Presents: Writing Seminars!

Over the past month, Vancouver Writing Academy successfully hosted a series of seminars to share information about our classes with interested students and parents! The seminars were a huge success and many parents commented on how useful it was to learn about our programs.  If you missed out on our info sessions, don’t worry! We’ll be hosting more  near the end of this term. Watch this space or sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates! Parents are also welcome to call our office to arrange a free trial class. Have feedback about one of the seminars? Feel free […]
August 21, 2018

ACE goes beaching!

Staff Summer Party at Spanish Banks August 2018 – At the end of this summer, all ACE colleagues had a BBQ party on one of Vancouver’s most famous beaches —— Spanish Banks.  Spanish Banks stretches along the west coast of Vancouver, and is popular for barbecues, beach walks, and volleyball games.  ACE staff and friends all brought dishes to share, ranging from homemade ratatouille to traditional Chinese redbean buns to fresh-from-the-garden veggies. With enough food for double the people, everyone stuffed themselves, played cards, and chatted until dusk. A great time was had by all!
August 3, 2018

“Fake News” Now Big News

Facebook Is Failing to Aid Inquiry Into ‘Fake News,’ British Lawmakers Say David D. Kirkpatrick The New York Times July 28, 2018 LONDON — A closely watched British parliamentary committee examining Russia’s exploitation of social media to try to influence elections has called for sweeping new regulations on tech companies, and has accused Facebook of providing “disingenuous answers” to some questions while avoiding others “to the point of obstruction.” A report from the House of Commons panel, which is investigating “fake news” on the internet, cited Facebook’s resistance to disclosing information as evidence of the need for more stringent rules […]
August 3, 2018

Summer Jobs Key for Student Learning

How a summer job gives teenagers the competitive edge they need later in life DARAH HANSEN SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLISHED JULY 26, 2018 Landing a summer job is a rite of passage for tens of thousands of Canadian teenagers every year. Whether flipping burgers or minding toddlers at a wading pool, seasonal temporary gigs are a great way for teens to earn a little money during the school break. But researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business say there are more rewards to be reaped by this novice work force than just a […]
May 18, 2018

Millennials and Money: 5 essays that address (and shatter) the stereotype

5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work, Money and Social Class Each year, we ask students to send in college application essays that have something to do with money. Nearly 300 responded this year. Here are five that stood out. By Ron Lieber May 11, 2018 Each year, we post a casting call for writers and their college application essays that have something to do with money. Nearly 300 people responded this year. Below, you’ll find five that stood out for their sensitivity, depth of insight and sheer geekiness. Who would have imagined, for instance, that there was a high […]
May 12, 2018

Interview with a System Software Engineer

Reflections on Life & University Choices: An Interview with Angus Liu & Michael Mityok What is the single biggest regret you have in terms of education, looking back to when you were in high school? Considering my attitude when I was in high school, I’d probably not take my own advice…  I regret not studying and taking the SAT, it would have given me more options and potential to be in a better university than what Canada has to offer. Specifically, it seems that the harder an university is to get into, the better the students and professors, and the better […]
May 10, 2018

Bitcoin is gaining legitimacy and those in finance are paying attention

Goldman Sachs to Open a Bitcoin Trading Operation by Nathaniel Poppers May 2nd, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Most big banks have tried to stay far away from the scandal-tainted virtual currency Bitcoin. But Goldman Sachs, perhaps the most storied name in finance, is bucking the risks and moving ahead with plans to set up what appears to be the first Bitcoin trading operation at a Wall Street bank. In a step that is likely to lend legitimacy to virtual currencies — and create new concerns for Goldman — the bank is about to begin using its own money to trade […]
May 3, 2018

Industrial Revolutions Are Political Wrecking Balls

by Thomas Edsall (The New York Times) May 3rd 2018 We may never stop arguing about which historic currents swept President Trump into the White House. Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, is unlikely to have had Trump in mind when he described the fourth industrial revolution in Davos in January 2016: We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. Compared with previous industrial revolutions, Schwab continued, the fourth is evolving […]
April 8, 2018

How To Level the College Playing Field

By Harold O. Levy with Peg Tyre Mr. Levy is a former chancellor of the New York City public schools. He wrote this article with the education journalist Peg Tyre. April 7, 2018 This time of year, there’s a lot of optimism in the air about college. As acceptance notices come in, it seems like the smartest, hardest-working young people with the greatest potential are being matched to institutions of higher learning that will prepare them for success and promote a free and open society. We might conclude that colleges are greasing the gears of social mobility, which have slowed as […]