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 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 […]
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 […]