Of Helman, homework and Harley
Our 26th annual Private Education Guide
When I was in elementary school, Ontario initiated a program called the Health Hustle. Each morning, students would stand up and engage in a series of exercises to fun tunes such as “Bad Bad Leroy Brown.” Apparently, there was concern that kids weren’t getting enough exercise and a little daily calisthenics might help us stay in shape in addition to helping us concentrate on our studies. Sound familiar? Making sure our kids are happy, healthy and getting the best possible education has always been top of mind, no matter the generation or the trendy terms that get bandied about. But decisions need to be made and steps taken to ensure the best possible results. Our 26th annual Kids Post Education Guide is designed to keep you up to date on the current trends and provide helpful tips to assist in ensuring a successful school year.
We kick things off with a feature interview with Rachel Parent, a teen activist who has become something of a national treasure after debating former Dragons’ Den star Kevin O’Leary on the dangers of GMOs. In addition, we chat with a number of top young Torontonians — musician Scott Helman, newly acquired Toronto Maple Leafs player and hometown boy Zach Hyman and local hit comic book creator Jason Loo — to find out how they managed to turn their passions into successful careers.
Health and wellness are also very important to parents. We are in the age of obesity, and we are willing to do whatever it takes to get our kids on the path to healthy living. In this issue, we chat with a number of experts and have come up with ways to create yummy treats from the healthiest of ingredients and even get some fitness advice from Hollywood celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.
Our columnist Kathy Buckworth presents her favourite back-to-school hacks, and Joanne Kates writes about homework wars and why it’s important to let kids make a few decisions for themselves. All this great advice is contained within a massive guide to the city’s best private schools and extracurricular programs. And, if that isn’t enough, download our 2016 private education guide app at the Apple App Store for more great school info right on your smart phone.
Editor Ron Johnson