Author Archives: Alex Noudelman

Progressive Conservatives & Sex Ed Curriculum Debate in Ontario

Relationship expert Jessica O’Reilly analyzes Doug Ford’s decision to revert to Sex Ed Curriculum from 1998:

Upon election, Premier Doug Ford mandated that Ontario students will be taught the province’s 20-year-old sex-education curriculum starting September, 2018, while his government consults tens of thousands of parents on developing a new program. He argued that he will be scrapping the 2015 curriculum because he felt that parents were not properly consulted prior to implementation. He also argued that some of the topics were not age appropriate for children.

Critics have stated the old version of the curriculum from 20 years ago did not include many modern themes that children need to keep themselves safe online (e.g., cyberbullying, sexting) and did not address things like same-sex marriage.

The modernized curriculum included warnings about online bullying and sexting that were not in the previous version, and also discussed same-sex marriage, gender identity among other important things.

The PCs have yet to comment about the types of topics their new curriculum will entail. The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association said they have yet to receive any direction from the Tory government on the issue. With September being a little over a month away, this move by the Ontario government is creating outrage and confusion among teachers, students, parents, and education advocates alike.

I will keep you informed as new developments arise.

6 Questions for Developing Critical Thinking

Here is a list of questions to ask yourself when someone has something to say or when you are reading something in a book, newspaper, magazine etc. Thank you to Andrew Powell of Montreal, Quebec, Canada for sharing.6-critical-thinking-questions

Students in the 21st century struggle to do simple arithmetic and readily confuse concepts.

Although technology may be of great help to these students…. As the world continues to shift to a “knowledge-based” economy and paradigm, those with the most advanced critical thinking skills will rise to the top and dominate their class and will be rewarded. To be part of this paradigm, I suggest THINKING THROUGH THINGS a little more deeply, seeking the distinctions that make a difference and ASKING better “critical” questions. I hope this infographic can get you on the right track.

International Human Rights Day – December 10, 2017

Every so often a thing comes to pass that is of such astounding importance that we must stand up and recognize it. We must place this thing on the pedestal it deserves, and ensure that the precepts and policies put in place by it are adhered to, appreciated, and spread as far as the human voice will carry. Such is the sort of message sent by Human Rights Day.

History of Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world.

Human Rights Day was established in 1948. Ever since this auspicious day, it has stood as the first major stride forward in ensuring that the rights of every human across the globe are protected. From the most basic human needs such as food, shelter, and water, all the way up to access to free and uncensored information, such has been the goals and ambitions laid out that day.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was a shout across the world by the leading countries in the world, stating loud and clear that no matter where we live, what we believe, or how we love, we are each individually deserving of the most basic fundamentals of human needs. Every year Human Rights Day marks conferences around the world dedicated to ensuring that these ideals are pursued, and that the basic Human Rights of every person is made a priority in the global theater.

History of Human Rights

Originally, people had rights only because of their membership in a group, such as a family. Then, in 539 BC, Cyrus the Great, after conquering the city of Babylon, did something totally unexpected—he freed all slaves to return home. Moreover, he declared people should choose their own religion. The Cyrus Cylinder, a clay tablet containing his statements, is the first human rights declaration in history.

The idea of human rights spread quickly to India, Greece and eventually Rome. The most important advances since then have included:

1215: The Magna Carta—gave people new rights and made the king subject to the law.

1628: The Petition of Right—set out the rights of the people.

1776: The United States Declaration of Independence—proclaimed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

1789: The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen—a document of France, stating that all citizens are equal under the law.

1948: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the first document listing the 30 rights to which everyone is entitled.

After WWII, when the world witnessed the Holocaust and the murder 6 million Jews, the newly formed United Nations came up with document to ensure basic human rights of any person living in the world would not  be revoked or violated.

How to Celebrate Human Rights Day
The best way to celebrate Human Rights Day is to take some time to appreciate the effect that this resolution has had on your world and life. Look around your neighborhood and see the effects on a local scale, the charitable works being done to promote the health and well-being of those who are less fortunate.

The next step is to get out there and make a difference, whether it’s simply making a donation to one of the dozens of organizations that work towards this global purpose, or organizing a donation drive of your own to help out those organizations fighting the good fight.

Don’t think that your gestures have to be grand, simply gathering enough to put together a bunch of care packages of simple needs and necessities and handing them out amongst your local homeless can go a long way to helping to support this cause. The need is large, but is made of limitless minor actions that can lead to a world-wide change in quality of life.


To view the declaration in its entirety click here.

The Simpsons Predicted Donald Trump’s Presidency 16 Years Ago

16 years before Donald Trump was elected US President, The Simpsons predicted the business magnate would become leader of what they called the “free world”. The bizarre story line was featured in the episode, titled ‘Bart To The Future’, broadcast in early 2000. Trump was also mocked in another episode of the top-rated TV cartoon, airing in 2015, after he announced he was running for the top job.

In the original episode, Lisa is pictured sitting in the Oval Office surrounded by advisers.  “We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she says.

Last month, Matt Groening, the show creator, told The Guardian : “We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 – but (Trump) was of course the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that’s still true. It is definitely amusing to watch.”

The episode’s writer, Dan Greaney, also told The Hollywood Reporter that the episode served as a “warning to America.” Was it?

Here is a list of ten other predictions that The Simpsons got right.