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This podcast is produced by front line education workers to provide a forum for the voice of all those concerned with affirming the human right to education. The show will delve into all aspects of education and the working lives of those who provide it and those who rely upon it for their future.
 
“If we could truly depict women’s desire, we might come to understand how it secretly rules the world" - writes author Erica Jong in her foreword for “A Woman's Right To Pleasure,” a groundbreaking new book by BlackBook, Dr. Marashi and LELO. And we couldn't agree more. For most of history, the female experience has been presented by and explored through the voices, views and laws of men. Whether it was John Cleland or Alfred Kinsey writing about it, Gustave Courbet painting it, or politicia ...
 
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This interview with Stacey Zhang of Justice for Society Magazine and Podcast was recorded on August 26, 2021 as part of Education is a Right Podcast’s virtual conference – Affirming the Right to Education in the 21st Century. Stacey discusses the concerns of young people as school began and the preoccupations of Justice for Society…
 
In this episode we catch up with Bella Lewkowicz, past Vice-President of the Ontario Teacher Candidate Council, an organization of teacher candidates from across Ontario have challenged the government’s math proficiency test imposed on new teachers prior to the pandemic. Bella discusses the latest on the legal challenge with a ruling expected Octob…
 
This interview was recorded on August 18, 2021 just after the resignation of Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and prior to the decision of the Manitoba government to not proceed with Bill 64. Manitoba educator Chantal Shivanna Ramraj discusses pandemic education in Manitoba, the overall direction of Bill 64 and its relationship to attempts to estab…
 
In this episode we interview Tara Martinez and Diandra Powderhorn in Winnipeg, Manitoba about a memorial project they initiated on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly to honour the children being uncovered in unmarked and mass graves at residential “schools” across Canada. We discuss their project and the importance of bringing forward…
 
This episode is the plenary discussion session from Education is a Right’s virtual conference: Affirming the Right to Education in the 21st Century. Speakers included professors of education, teachers, education workers and students who discussed their preoccupations as school is about to begin or had begun in the case of Quebec. The panel was reco…
 
In this episode we are publishing excerpts from the opening presentation from the Safe September segment of the plenary from Education is a Right’s virtual conference held August 29, 2021. The remarks are a summary of guidelines produced by Health Canada for public officials involved in K-Postsecondary education planning and were last updated Augus…
 
In this episode we catch up with Laura Walton, president of CUPE Ontario’s Ontario School Boards Council of Unions’ (OSBCU) summer consultation with their members and the concerns of educational support staff heading into a new academic year, bargaining and elections. This interview was conducted in Sault St. Marie at OSBCU’s consultation in that r…
 
In this episode Ezio gives some background and context for Ontario’s destreaming of Grade 9 mathematics. This episode was recorded on June 20, prior to the removal of certain sections of the new math curriculum which addressed issues of equity and racism. For our 4 part series on changes to the K-8 math curriculum in…
 
On this weeks episode, our two white-knights debate the value and legitimacy of "modern art." In one corner, our art loving hippy co-host defends a line on a piece of canvas. In the other corner, a Neanderthal claims that all art is bullshit if he doesn't understand it immediately. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/onesideisalwaysright)…
 
In this episode we update listeners on the situation in Alberta as the year ends and what to look out for as the new academic year approaches. This is the first in a series of shows that will cover different provinces across Canada. A central focus is how we can contribute to ensuring the safeEducation is a Right
 
Welcome to our hundredth episode! Thanks to everyone who has made this possible: all our hosts, technical team, guests and especially you, our listeners. This episode is part 2 of an interview with Jordan Afolabi, a law student about his experiences exposing and challenging institutional racism. In this episode we talk with Jordan about the…
 
In this episode, our two esteemed hosts debate the merits of far left / right positions and centrist positions. Which is better to get things done in our current political structure? It turns out - maybe one side is not always right. Sit back, relax, and listen to our conclusion after 1 hour of research into this complex topic. Support the show (ht…
 
This week we will not be publishing a show. On behalf of our entire team we offer our deepest respects and condolences to the families and communities of the children whose bodies were finally discovered by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Language and Culture Department with ground penetrating radar. Schools and other educational institutions across t…
 
In this episode Black law student Jordan Afolabi discusses his experiences as an undergrad with discrimination on his campus and how he and his peers organized to expose and oppose it. For background information on Jordan’s experience and the demands of his peers visit: https://exposeuwindsor.com/Education is a Right
 
In this second part of this episode we speak with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta, about concerns regarding Alberta’s draft curriculum. We discuss the way in which the curriculum was brought in and the debate between knowledge and skills in education.…
 
In this episode we interview Stacy Zhang and Maggie Chen from Justice for Society, an online youth initiative to provide the youth with their own voice on matters of concern. We talk about why they started it, what they are learning and how to get involved. Check out JFS’s link page here to see allEducation is a Right
 
In this episode we speak with Sean Staddon, a Board member of the Ontario Autism Coalition about how the OAC is carrying out its important advocacy work under the conditions of the pandemic. See related episodes below: Episode 29: “Relentless” advocacy of the autism community Episode 7: Children on the autism spectrum and the right…
 
In this two part episode we speak with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta, about her concerns regarding the social studies and history components of Alberta’s draft curriculum. In this, part 1, we discuss the overall direction of the new draft curriculum…
 
Jurisdictions across Canada are introducing aspects of computational thinking into curricula. In this episode we interview Stephan Rogers about his Masters of Education thesis which reviewed the literature on the implementation of computational thinking in K-12 education. Stephan explains what the concept means and how it is different but related t…
 
In this episode Kevan, a middle school teacher in Alberta, introduces the new draft elementary curriculum being put forward by the government of Alberta. This is the first in a series of shows which will deal with different aspects of the draft curriculum and the serious concerns being raised with its contents by educators, researchers,…
 
In this episode we provide an overview of some of the significant aspects of the upcoming annual meeting of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association taking place April 10-12, 2021.Education is a Right
 
In this episode we get a report back from the provincial assembly of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. Close to 700 elected delegates and alternates gathered online from March 13-15 to elect a new provincial executive and set a path forward for the year ahead. The delegates and alternates were elected or selected by…
 
In this episode we catch up with educators who were preparing to refuse to go along with unsafe working conditions in their workplaces. You can listen to their first interview here: Episode 85: Drawing a line in the sand for health & safetyEducation is a Right
 
We send our greetings to all those women who are in the front ranks of the fight for the right to education and the rights of all. In this episode we follow-up with a proposal to change the name of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation/Fédération des enseignantes/enseignants des écoles secondaires de l’Ontario (OSSTF/FEESO) to…
 
On the third episode of “A Woman’s Right To Pleasure,” Stoya and the book’s Editor in Chief Alexandra Weiss are joined by artist and activist Sophia Wallace. Best known for her viral project CLITERACY, Wallace is interested in the ways that womxn are denied self-determination through the weaponization of their bodies. Through diverse materials and …
 
In this episode we talk with occasional teachers from Ontario about the ramifications of arbitrary changes made by the Ontario government to how teachers are hired into contract positions. For part one of this interview see episode 84 below. Episode 84: Occasional teachers discuss their experiences as they keep the system afloat…
 
On the second episode of “A Woman’s Right To Pleasure,” Stoya and the book’s Editor in Chief Alexandra Weiss are joined by artist, activist and founder of Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova, and legendary punk musician Alice Bag. Alice was the lead singer and co-founder of iconic L.A. punk outfit, The Bags, and author of the memoir Violence Girl, From…
 
In this episode, recorded in December of 2020, secondary and elementary occasional teachers discuss their experiences during the pandemic. This is part 1 of that interview. In part 2 we discuss the significance of a recent change by the Ontario government to how teachers are hired into full-time contract positions and its effect on teachers’…
 
On the debut episode of “A Woman’s Right To Pleasure,” Stoya and the book’s Editor in Chief Alexandra Weiss are joined by writer, filmmaker and host of “The Sex Ed podcast,” Liz Goldwyn, and legendary visual artist Marilyn Minter. Marilyn is an American artist known for her hyper-realistic paintings and portraits that explore sexuality and female a…
 
In this episode we speak with Dr. Isaac Saney , Director of the Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University. Dr. Saney talks about the background for the conference Slavery, Reparations and Education – African Nova Scotia, Canada and Beyond to be held in Halifax when travel permits. He discusses the relationship between systemic racism in…
 
In this episode we discuss a proposal from grassroots educational support staff in Ontario to change the name of their union from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) to the Ontario Support Staff and Teachers Federation (OSSTF). We provide background on the role of support staff historically in Ontario and their membership in e…
 
In this episode adult day school teachers in Ontario teachers discuss how, during the pandemic, they have found ways to affirm their rights and those of their students to an education. To listen to part 1 of this interview see the link below. Episode 78: Adult day school teachers speak up – Part 1Education is a Right
 
In this first of a two part interview with adult day school teachers in Toronto we discuss the importance of adult day schools to Canada’s economy and citizens as well as the working and learning conditions in this level of education. In Part 2, to be released next week, we discuss the conditions during the…
 
In this episode we continue our conversation with Dr. Dougal Macdonald, Assistant Professor from the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, about changes to math curricula in Ontario and Alberta. In this segment we discuss the development of modern teaching methods in math and science education in the context of governments claiming the…
 
In this episode, we interview Dr. Dougal Macdonald, Assistant Professor from the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, about the overall aims of recent curriculum changes, which are being put in place in Alberta and Ontario, in math and other subjects. This is part of our series on the new math curriculum in…
 
In this episode we speak with educational support staff and provincial union leaders Laura Walton, of Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario and Martha Hradowy of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. We ask them how their unions are assisting members in affirming their rights under difficult circumstances.…
 
In this episode we follow-up with Dr. Shane Miersch about a antibody-based treatment for covid19 being developed at the University of Toronto and the challenges of getting the federal government to invest in public solutions to the pandemic rather than only private for-profit solutions. Episode 42: Engineering a Canadian treatment for Covid19 – The…
 
In this episode we interview two representatives of secretarial and custodial educational staff in Ontario about their work and how it has changed during the pandemic.Education is a Right
 
In this episode we get updates from Alberta and Ontario in the midst of the spread of covid19 within schools in those two provinces. This roundtable was recorded on November 22, 2020.Education is a Right
 
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