News/research from teacher-journalist Robert J. Ballantyne

Michel Foucault on asking questions of and about power

I am sure I’ll never get the answer; but that does not mean that we don’t have to ask the question

Canadian artist Frederick Varley on the horrors of World War I

I'm going to paint a picture of it, but heavens, it can't say a thousandth part of a story. We'd be healthier to forget, & that we never can

Lieutenant Gitz Rice’s World War I trench song

Oh my! I don't want to die, I want to go home.

Canadian soldier Louis Keene on the realities of World War I

It’s all arranged for you, if there’s a bit of shell or a bullet with your name on it you’ll get it, so you’ve nothing to worry about

Madonna on complacency, creativity

'I don't see the point of living if you don't keep pushing yourself into unfamiliar territory'

Sal Mendaglio on giftedness as a double-edged sword

'Agents of society, such as parents and teachers, typically expect compliance from their children and students… Academic achievement may be negatively affected because it rests on conformity not questioning or challenging authority'

Robert Jay Lifton on the thought-terminating cliché

'The thought-terminating cliche is sometimes used in a deliberate way to shut down debate, manipulate others to think a certain way, or dismiss dissent'

Illustration of Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple fetches the bolt cutters

An illustration of the singer-songwriter outlined with a construction paper texture

Selena Gomez, ‘Souvenir’

This pop song became part of the soundtrack of my life for the week of May 10-16, 2020

University of Ottawa practicum binder covers

A cover art series that I created for each term of my Bachelor of Education degree