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In this essay, Miss Sayers suggests that we presently teach our childreneverything but how to learn. She proposes that we adopt a suitably modifiedversion of the medieval scholastic curriculum for methodological reasons.

To what extent do you agree? (Reported 2017, Academic Test)

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion. (Reported 2017, GT Test)

Before concluding these necessarily very sketchy suggestions, I oughtto say why I think it necessary, in these days, to go back to a disciplinewhich we had discarded. The truth is that for the last three hundred yearsor so we have been living upon our educational capital. The post-Renaissanceworld, bewildered and excited by the profusion of new "subjects"offered to it, broke away from the old discipline (which had, indeed, becomesadly dull and stereotyped in its practical application) and imagined thathenceforward it could, as it were, disport itself happily in its new andextended Quadrivium without passing through the Trivium. But the Scholastictradition, though broken and maimed, still lingered in the public schoolsand universities: Milton, however much he protested against it, was formedby it--the debate of the Fallen Angels and the disputation of Abdiel withSatan have the tool-marks of the Schools upon them, and might, incidentally,profitably figure as set passages for our Dialectical studies. Right downto the nineteenth century, our public affairs were mostly managed, andour books and journals were for the most part written, by people broughtup in homes, and trained in places, where that tradition was still alivein the memory and almost in the blood. Just so, many people today who areatheist or agnostic in religion, are governed in their conduct by a codeof Christian ethics which is so rooted that it never occurs to them toquestion it.

Discuss both views and give your opinion. (Reported 2017, GT Test)

What use is it to pile task on task and prolong the days of labor, ifat the close the chief object is left unattained? It is not the fault ofthe teachers--they work only too hard already. The combined folly of acivilization that has forgotten its own roots is forcing them to shoreup the tottering weight of an educational structure that is built uponsand. They are doing for their pupils the work which the pupils themselvesought to do. For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teachmen how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do thisis effort spent in vain.

Why do you think some parents put too much pressure on their children to perform well at school?

What could be done to balance out the numbers?

On a bitterly cold Saturday, with ice crystals in the air and a light scattering of snow underfoot, five or six dozen people gather at the steps of the Court House in St. John’s. They’re here to demand Justice for Colten Boushie, the 22-year old Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan who was shot and killed by Gerald Stanley, a 56-year old white farmer. The rally is hastily organized. There are two cheap loudspeakers, but most of the speakers forget to use them. There are no power outlets, and only one reporter present. One speaker forgot their gloves, and shivers as their skin turns an eerie shade of red. You’d think tears would freeze in cold like this, but they don’t—they flow strong and free. Drummers take to the steps of the Court House, and the rhythms they pound out, coupled with the clear and confident…

What do you think the role of a parent should be in their child’s education?

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Wherever the matter for Dialectic is found, it is, of course, highlyimportant that attention should be focused upon the beauty and economyof a fine demonstration or a well-turned argument, lest veneration shouldwholly die. Criticism must not be merely destructive; though at the sametime both teacher and pupils must be ready to detect fallacy, slipshodreasoning, ambiguity, irrelevance, and redundancy, and to pounce upon themlike rats. This is the moment when precis-writing may be usefully undertaken;together with such exercises as the writing of an essay, and the reductionof it, when written, by 25 or 50 percent.

Some people think that teachers should be able to ask disruptive children to leave the class.

In what way do children benefit from this?

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Do you think it is the best way to deal with a disruptive child in the classroom?

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

“In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” –Benjamin Franklin. “In this world death is certain for everyone, but taxation is far from certain for those allowed to avoid it.” –Ed Finn. I recently received an unexpected letter from the Canada Revenue Agency. I always pay my income tax on time, but I still felt some trepidation. When my wife returned from the mail box and gave it to me, she said the expression on my face was akin to that of someone handed a ticking time bomb. My foreboding turned out to be unfounded. The four-page letter consisted of a detailed analysis of my 2016 tax return, with tables and graphs and a form to fill out and send back to the CRA. I could have trimmed the bureaucratic jargon to a single sentence: “We have reviewed your last tax payment and found that you owe the…