The Murgatroyd Blog

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  • The Student View of School, Tests and Learning - More Than Your Evidence

    As the Premier of British Columbia considers fundamental changes to the use of standardized testing for students in BC’s school system, Alberta’s government insists on continuing to use testing as...

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  • A Great School for ALL - This is The Work of Students and Teachers Supported by Principals

    A Great School for ALL - This is The Work of Students and Teachers Supported by Principals

    I wrote earlier in this blog space about work with some 100 students from across Alberta in Canmore this week. The key ingredient of this work is trust and respect. Treating students, teachers,...

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  • Alberta's Student Voice - "What Math Crisis?"

    Alberta's Student Voice - "What Math Crisis?"

    In Canmore these last few days over 100 students, teachers, and principals from across Alberta sat together to explore how they could leverage international partnerships between Finland, Alberta,...

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  • How will Donald Trump Cope with Being a Loser?

    How does someone who has a severe case of narcissistic personality disorder deal with humiliation? I think we will know much more about this around November 10th – 15th when Donald J Trump loses...

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  • How will Donald Trump Cope with Being a Loser?

    How does someone who has a severe case of narcissistic personality disorder deal with humiliation? I think we will know much more about this around November 10th – 15th when Donald J Trump loses...

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  • The Eternal Sunshine of the Thoughtless Mind

    November 8th 2016 will be a critical day in the history of our times. This is the day the United States will elect its next President. Barack Obama finishes his second four year term on January...

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  • The Manufacture of the Math Crisis in Alberta

    Let’s be clear from the start: Alberta does not have a crisis in the teaching of mathematics or in the ability of students to achieve success in mathematics. Full stop.What we do have is a clever...

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  • Trump and Ignorance

    Why do we treat Donald J Trump, now the guaranteed nominee of the GOP for US President, as if he is a rational, sane and intelligent human? All the evidence points to the fact that he is a...

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  • 5 Bold Actions for Our Minister of Education

    Our Minister of Education, Hon David Eggen, did something interesting this last week. He spent several days with teachers, Principals and system leaders at the Alberta Teachers Association uLead...

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  • Privatizing the University and the GERM

    The Government of the UK is consulting widely on the future of higher education. They have issued a green paper (a discussion document reflecting what they are “minded” to do) and are gathering...

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  • The Innovation Manifesto

    In 2009 as we were working on our book on innovation (Rethinking Innovation), Don Simpson and I developed an innovation manifesto. If you are serious about leading innovation and building a...

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  • Paris, Climate Change and The Real Challenges

    The Paris Climate Change Talks are  already beginning to sound problematic. Here’s why:1.     We cannot stop climate change. The very idea that we know enough about a complex, eco-system process...

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  • Bah Humbug! Extreme Weather and Paris COP21

    In Paris in a few days time you will start to hear a lot about extreme weather and climate change. The rhetoric will be explicit: humans are the cause of more and more hurricanes, droughts, floods...

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  • A More Resilient Alberta

    Since January 2014, we can observe some major changes in Alberta: 50,000+ job losses17 oil and gas projects worth $50 billion mothballed or cancelledA change of government at the Provincial and...

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  • Paris in the Winter..

    Paris in the Winter..

    It is an interesting fact that the models used to predict climate in 2100 are running very hot. That is, they do not do well when compared to either observed measurements from land based...

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  • Boycott the Paris Climate Change Talks

    The final stages of preparation for the Paris climate change talks are still underway, but all is not well in the world of the national climate change management negotiators. Preliminary...

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  • Paris, Climate, Capitalism and the Future

    According to an ongoing temperature analysis conducted by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about...

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  • A Lament for Politics

    It is supposed to be the easiest thing in the world. You enter the polling booth, make a mark with a pencil and then, a few hours later, a result is announced, a Member of Parliament is elected...

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  • The Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21)

    In 1996 the European Council of Environment Ministers determined, simply as a basis for political action, that a rise of average surface temperatures above 2C would be more than the world could...

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  • Arctic To Be Ice Free by 2015 ? No way..

    Arctic To Be Ice Free by 2015 ? No way..

    For many years a variety of people - scientists, political figures, journalists and climate watchers like Al Gore - have told us that the Arctic will be ice free. The predictions were that it...

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