The fu­ture starts now

To­day’s kids will be tech-savvy, eth­i­cally minded global cit­i­zens

The Kids Post - - Contents - By Jo-Anne Craine

As a kid, I bounced from school to school as our fam­ily moved. I was of­ten the “new kid,” so I got to ex­pe­ri­ence quite a range of aca­demic pro­gram­ming, from pub­lic schools to a pri­vate all- girls school and Catholic school.

Those de­ci­sions were made based on ge­og­ra­phy rather than my per­son­al­ity.

Times have cer­tainly changed! Now a par­ent my­self, the op­tions for ed­u­cat­ing my own chil­dren are end­less.

We’re re­spon­si­ble for th­ese lit­tle lives, so how do you pick a school that en­cour­ages their in­ter­ests, de­vel­ops their hid­den tal­ents and sets them upon their des­tined path? That’s the chal­lenge we set out to ex­plore be­cause the fu­ture of ed­u­ca­tion is al­ways evolv­ing, and there are more choices than ever.

Wel­come to the fu­ture! Schools are step­ping up to meet emerg­ing trends in ed­u­ca­tion: so we dis­cover what’s new in STEM school pro­grams, ad­mire shiny new class­room tech and bal­ance that with fur­ther­ing our un­der­stand­ing of emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and en­cour­ag­ing more di­ver­sity in ed­u­ca­tion.

In this is­sue, we look at as­pects of mak­ing that big de­ci­sion: what school is right for my child?

We’ve got some ter­rific ques­tions to help you un­earth what kind of school or cur­ricu­lum might best suit your child.

In ad­di­tion, for those with chil­dren start­ing school this fall, we iden­tify signs to look for in or­der to en­sure your kids are in the right school and what to do if things aren’t go­ing as planned.

Stu­dent life re­volves around more than just the class­room. Par­ents are be­com­ing more thought­ful about the roles their fam­ily plays in be­ing good global cit­i­zens and they are in­creas­ingly con­cerned about what they put in, and on, their chil­dren’s grow­ing bod­ies.

David Suzuki talks about con­nect­ing stu­dents to na­ture, Jeanne Beker heads back to class to show­case eth­i­cally sourced back­packs, and Vic­tor Barry and his adorable daugh­ters cook up some ex­cite­ment about plantsourced food for kids.

There’s so much to do af­ter school! In ex­tracur­ric­u­lars, we look at the new­est Olympic sports, chat with a young Cana­dian on the coun­try’s rugby league team, meet an up­com­ing graphic nov­el­ist and lis­ten to some cool ethe­real mu­sic from the band Mappe Of.

It’s our role as par­ents to guide our chil­dren; to help them find out who they are and who they are meant to be. The next gen­er­a­tion is go­ing to be sim­ply amaz­ing.

Class is in ses­sion! En­joy!

Chef Vic­tor Barry’s daugh­ters sam­pling T.O.’s top ve­gan op­tions

Kids Post edi­tor Jo-Anne Craine

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