The Failure of STEM

This has been taken apart and rewritten several times now.  It started with a colleague sharing an article about how STEM grads aren't particularly useful to STEM based industries.  I've long found STEM to be overly white collar focused and exclusive.  This article about how the predominantly wealthy, white, males…

Stranger in a Strange Land

We attended the POND family day a couple of weeks ago and the steady, plodding nature of drug based (forget gene therapy, it's miles away) research around ASD and the frustration expressed by some parents got me thinking about what I'd do if they suddenly could 'fix' ASD. Watching my son…

Stop Trying To Help Me

The other day I was driving my better half's car.  I don't usually drive it and it's still relatively new so each time is an adventure.  It was a busy day on the main street of our village, so I was parallel parking into a spot with a row of traffic…

The Sky is Falling!

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? ...and the counterpoint: Ignore The Bullshit: iPhones Are Not Destroying Teenagers Is this another panicky article by The Atlantic about how digital technology is killing us?  (Remember is Google Making Us Stupid?  I do.) The general complaint is that youngsters tangled up in emerging technology won't…

The Changing Face of Digital Fluency

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="377"] File types?  File management?  Yeah, the latest batch of digital natives don't do that any more.[/caption] Last week during a staff meeting one of our administrators said, 'the kids are so far ahead of us" (technically).  The subtext was because they are on their phones all…

This One’s On Me

Last year at this time I was stunned by our first Skills Ontario gold medal and suddenly found myself on Team Ontario going to Nationals.  We'd been battling in Ontario provincial competition for several years before that break through.  In the year since I'm surprised by how engaged I've been…