Of Hel­man, home­work and Har­ley

Our 26th an­nual Pri­vate Ed­u­ca­tion Guide

The Kids Post - - Editor’s Notes -

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

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