Category Archives: Blog


The best works of arts, past and present, should be acces­si­ble to bil­lions. The goal is to expose, not impose, the finest of the arts to as most liv­ing humans as pos­si­ble. Chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar should be edu­cated in the arts from the cra­dle. In child­hood the human mind absorbs the artis­tic expres­sions that family, […]


Teachers’ Salaries in Canada

The infor­ma­tion I paste below is from pages 87 to 90 of the report:  EDUCATION INDICATORS IN CANADA : AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE 2012 which can be read in its entirety here. It makes inter­est­ing read­ing: “For all lev­els taught, start­ing salaries in Canada and its provinces and ter­ri­to­ries were gen­er­ally con­sis­tently higher than the OECD […]


Pres­i­dents and Prime Min­is­ters: The United States of Amer­ica and the Repub­lic of Cuba have been in a col­li­sion course for much more than the 56 years since, under the lead­er­ship of Fidel Cas­tro, the Rebel Army defeated a cor­rupt and mur­der­ous tyrant and his Army. The Platt Amend­ment was imposed on the Cuban Con­sti­tu­tion in […]

Update on Cuba-US Rapprochement

It’s clear as noon in Havana (and not at all a sur­prise) that the Com­mu­nist party is doing all it can to ruin Obama’s ini­tia­tive by list­ing demands that they per­fectly well know are impos­si­ble for the Obama admin­is­tra­tion to accept.

About Multiculturalism

Dur­ing the first four­teen years of this cen­tury immi­grants or their descen­dants com­mit­ted crimes in many coun­tries. The worse, moti­vated by polit­i­cal or reli­gious rea­sons, were reported by the inter­na­tional media. Acts of vio­lence com­mit­ted against a fam­ily mem­ber received local cov­er­age but not much abroad. Few dis­pute that the vast major­ity of immi­grants are […]

The 24-Hour News Cycle in 2013

The cycle prob­a­bly started when Ted Turner pieced together CNN, but with­out the sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal advances in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­put­ers that ener­gize You Tube, Google, Twit­ter, et al, plus the bat­tle for audi­ences and read­ers in the media, it wouldn’t have turned into a mon­ster. Prac­ti­cally there is no limit to what will get […]

Role models and the choice of professions

A debate on the qual­ity and future of edu­ca­tion has been going on for some years now. Many top­ics are dis­cussed, from tiger moms in Asia to the fac­tors that make teach­ing an uninvit­ing pro­fes­sion. At present some geneti­cists argue that genes affect how peo­ple learn to read and write and how they learn mathematics […]