By Risa Gluskin

Cortes book

Here’s a contrast: I have been carrying around a perfectly relevant history book all summer. It traces the history of the so-called Spanish conquest of the Aztec people. I have barely put a dent in it despite lugging it to all my appointments, on the subway, even to BC. On the other hand, I recently read an entire book in one day, a book that his little historical relevance at all! Granted, it was raining all day and I was stuck in a hotel in Lagoon City waiting for the rain to clear so my husband and I could continue our bike trip around Lake Simcoe!

By Victoria Piroian

Harry Potter quote redone 

It has been said that those who know the past can predict the future. As humans repeat their mistakes over and over again, we start to see patterns in our beliefs, the ways we solve problems, and our way of life. We can see this in the written works of famous historians. Though it plays a huge role in how billions of people around the world understand our modern society, as well as the way of thinking, that has gotten us here, it all starts from schools. Schools educate youth on history and its importance, and in turn, change the way they write and understand what they read. I have studied the history of humanity in school, and on my own. As a student, I can see the ways in which it changed how I write and interpret what I read. Understanding, and being able to create context, is one of the most important roles of historical education in the international community, which is why we must delve deeper, and make sure we completely understand why.

By Risa Gluskin

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Photo courtesy of Val Dodge.


This summer in British Columbia I came face to face with a mastodon!


Not a living one but an ode to one, a life-size artist’s rendering made out of driftwood by Guthrie Gloag. This incredible work of art is entitled “Mourn.” Halfway up a forested mountain (or what seems halfway up a mountain) in a supposedly secret location on Bowen Island, Gloag has recreated a member of an extinct species. It was a jaw-dropping moment as I climbed up one last very steep section to reveal a clearing in which a mastodon was proudly standing atop an outcrop of rock. After being there for about 45 minutes, taking the requisite family photos, I enjoyed the look on the next surprised visitor’s face! Awe.

By John Myers



My Masters of Teaching students are at the beginning of their second year and have had two practicum experiences. They have an assignment to design rubrics that measure  QUALITY not QUANTITY.

This is the most challenging assignment in the course and I am happy to report on the results.



By Alice He



As one of the most widely used learning tools in post-secondary business programs today, case studies are an inevitable fate for many students. I found this statement to be most true, having just finished my first year of Commerce at Queen’s University and realizing that case studies were used in every qualitative course I took.

Despite their ubiquitousness in the post-secondary business sphere, high school students are rarely exposed to case studies. This is understandable-- given the time constraints and the strict pre-set curriculum expectations that high school educators face. But, that is not to say there aren’t ways in which students can hone the skills instrumental to successfully conducting a case analysis. In many ways, history courses can adequately prepare those students who will inevitably face the case study method.  From my own experience, despite having no formal exposure to business cases, I was able to utilize the skills --gained solely by taking World History all throughout high school, using the inquiry-based approach, and employing historical thinking concepts-- to successfully conduct business case analyses.