All posts in "Education"

Poking fun at e-reader critics

By Cathryn Wellner / May 29, 2015

A Chilliwack, British Columbia, book store called The Bookman created a delightful video “All About Them Books!” (embedded below) and set it to Megan Trainor’s catchy song, “All About That Bass”. As a reading lover who adores everything about books, I smiled at its celebration of small books, tall books, hardcover books and paperback books. […]


Thanks, Teach…here’s $10,000

By Cathryn Wellner / May 27, 2015

  An apple maybe. A card or a letter…even better. But a cheque for $10,000? That is an exceptional way of thanking a teacher whose guidance influenced a young person’s trajectory. Kevin Perz never forgot the teachers whose belief in him set him on a path of success. Their encouragement can be seen in his […]


Pedicab driver turned philanthropist

By Cathryn Wellner / May 20, 2015

  By the time Bai Fang Li died in 2005, he had donated 350,000 yuan to enable more than 300 young people to receive an education. He did it all with the small amount of money he made as a pedicab driver. When Bai retired the first time, he was 74 years old. He left […]


Share your love of books

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2015

  If you missed World Book Night on April 23rd, you missed a treat. But you never have to miss it again. The UK’s Reading Agency launched the initiative on March 5, 2011. The next year they changed the date to coincide with World Book Day. By 2015 Germany and the US had joined the […]


Bad kids gone good

By Cathryn Wellner / April 29, 2015

  They are kids without a future. They are from San Francisco’s hardest neighbourhoods. Some know the foster system all too well. Others have spent time in juvenile detention. “Domestic violence” is more than a phrase to many of them. When Teresa Goines was a juvenile corrections officer, she saw them cycle through a revolving […]


Fans support cheerleader with Down syndrome

By Cathryn Wellner / March 30, 2015

Some people don’t get it. They think bullying someone just because she seems “different” to them gives them status. Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Lincoln Middle School taught the hecklers an inspiring lesson. Desiree Andrews is a beloved member of the cheerleading squad who just happens to have Down syndrome. During a basketball game, some of the lesser […]


The 90-year-old primary school student

By Cathryn Wellner / March 23, 2015

Priscilla Sitienei has brought babies into the world for 65 years. Now she wants to do something more for them. The Kenyan woman, who is in her 90s, wants to inspire them. To do so she has become the oldest primary school student in the world. Six of her own great-great-grandchildren are in class with […]


The champion of child slaves

By Cathryn Wellner / March 18, 2015

Kailash Satyarthi has a better idea than high-powered weapons and draconian security measures. He believes the best defense plan is education. If young people are taught to think for themselves, if they have the prospect of jobs and a good quality of life, they are less likely to go off the rails. He knows this […]


The best way to avoid Alzheimer’s

By Cathryn Wellner / March 9, 2015

My partner and I are in that chapter of life where organ recitals and death chats are common. In my younger years I was absolutely certain I would never be one of those boring old people who drone on and on about their ailments. I was young then. I still don’t spend a lot of […]


#1209 Superhero fights gender-based violence

By Cathryn Wellner / March 2, 2015

  Like an achingly high number of women around the world, Priya is gang-raped. In the patriarchal culture of village India, that makes her an outcast. Her family throws her out of the home. The panchayat (local government) accuses her of bringing it on herself. Priya flees into the jungle, where she is stalked by […]

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