Full Day Kindergarten: The evidence speaks for itself

The research on the benefits of full-day kindergarten is overwhelming. Today in The Conversation Canada, we have an excellent article by one of the academics behind a ground-breaking report that led the Ontario government to establish full-day kindergarten nine years ago. Charles Pascal of the University of Toronto notes full-day kindergarten is an “example of evidence-based policy making — sadly, an all-too-rare phenomenon.” It’s a timely article given the future of full-day kindergarten in uncertain under Doug Ford’s administration.

We have a must-read piece for anyone who’s preparing to head south to escape the winter. Chris Houser of the University of Windsor warns about the danger of “tourist brain,” which occurs “when visual cues in unfamiliar places coax vacationers into taking risks.” It explains why many tourists drown while on vacation.

As we approach International Women’s Day, Kate Puddister and Danielle McNabb of the University of Guelph review Bill C-51, which was supposed to ensure victims of sexual assault “are treated with the utmost compassion and respect” by the judicial system. But they conclude the new law will do little to encourage more people to come forward to report sexual assaults.

And finally, in another story about empowering women, Captain Marvel hits the big screen on Friday. The premiere co-incides with International Women’s Day and Kenneth MacKendrick of the University of Manitoba gives the history of this iconic female superhero.


Scott White


Today's Featured Articles

In Ontario’s full-day kindergarten, a child’s development is informed by a play-based, curiosity-driven approach skillfully guided by the educator team. (Shutterstock)

Full-day kindergarten — the best of what we imagined is happening in classrooms

Charles E. Pascal, University of Toronto

An internationally recognized educator who led the development of Ontario's full-day kindergarten observes what's at stake in little lives in one class.

Recent studies suggest that tourists believe that beach access points and resorts are located adjacent to safe swimming areas, but that isn’t always true. (Shutterstock)

Why your tourist brain may try to drown you

Chris Houser, University of Windsor

Just because a beach is accessible, has restaurants, lounge chairs and vendors, and is near a resort, does not make it safe.

A judge’s decision to acquit a Halifax taxi driver charged with sexual assault was protested at this rally in Halifax in March 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

#MeToo: Rape myths continue to prevent justice for sexual assault survivors

Kate Puddister, University of Guelph; Danielle McNabb, University of Guelph

A new Canadian law introduced as a nod to #metoo, meant to protect sexual assault complainants, will have limited impact because it fails to consider how sexist judges and lawyers interpret laws.

Introducing Captain Marvel: she’s a smartass fighting intergalactic evil. Marvel

Higher, further, faster: Marvel’s first female cinematic superhero

Kenneth MacKendrick, University of Manitoba

When the 'Captain Marvel' movie opens on March 8, coinciding with International Women's Day, it will be Marvel Studios' first female-superhero led film.

La Conversation Canada


À l’ombre de #MeToo, où est passé le plaisir sexuel ?

Stuart J. Murray, Carleton University; Denise Medico, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Sarah Burgess, University of San Francisco; Simon Corneau, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Comment exprimer, ressentir, communiquer et incarner ses désirs et plaisirs sexuels dans le climat social ambiant, teinté de moral, prévention des ITS et menaces de poursuites ?


Business + Economy

Science + Technology

  • Mining the Moon

    Paul K. Byrne, North Carolina State University

    Scientists are figuring out how to reduce the cost of space travel – to and from the Moon and possibly to Mars. One approach is to mine the Moon for resources necessary for interplanetary travel.