Why this professor thinks porn should be shown in classrooms

BY: JESSICA BEUKER If you never suffered through the awkward and uncomfortable sex talk with your parents, then you likely attained most of your knowledge through high school sexual education. If there is anything that I remember about high school…

Meet the 10-year-old prodigy who is on track to receive a PhD by age 13

  BY: ZOE MELNYK  Esther Okade, like many 10-year-olds, enjoys playing outside and dressing up as her favourite characters from the movie Frozen, but she also happens to be enrolled in her first year of University. Growing up in Walsall,…

When a 15 year-old is strip searched by her teachers, we need to talk about consent

BY: SIERRA BEIN After a student suspected of selling drugs was strip-searched by her teachers, people all over Canada were outraged. She had to remove all her clothing in front of a blanket — underwear included — while another staff…

I ran away from home and learned more about life than all 4 years of high school combined

BY: EMMA MCINTOSH No one expected this from me. I wasn’t a goody-goody, but I was a decent kid. I had straight A’s, took AP classes, was the president of the suicide prevention club, wrote for the school paper, and…

Hackschooling lets students choose their own curriculum proving that passion is the best teacher

BY: ZOE MELNYK 13-year-old Logan LaPlante discovered a way to revolutionize the idea of education through a new brand of homeschooling called hackschooling. Hackschooling stresses that passion is the best teacher, and although hacking is generally met with a negative…

Student co-op housing is lightening the weight of crippling debt

BY: DANIEL KORN Common wisdom dictates that when it comes to institutionalized post-secondary education, you get what you give. It’s the time to open yourself to new experiences, knowledge, and people, so it’s no surprise that students often find that…

This 28-year-old snuck into Ivy League schools to life hack a free education

BY: JESSICA BEUKER From the moment your parents tell you you’ll one day move out and go off to college to the time spent sitting in your high school guidance counselor’s office looking through university brochures, higher education is going…

Why an out-dated Sex Ed program is dangerous to student health

BY: SINEAD MULHERN In 1998 I sat cross-legged in my grade one classroom in Alberta during my first ever lesson about sex. Our teacher was teaching us proper body part names. She sat at the top of the classroom having…

There’s now an Ivy League course for procrastinating on the Internet

BY: AYA TSINTZIRAS “Wasting Time on the Internet” is the name of a class being offered by the English department at the University of Pennsylvania. The course will be three hours long and all in-class communication will take place on…

If you have always wanted to be a mermaid, there’s a school for that

BY: BRITTANY ROSEN Introducing Merfest: a mermaid convention that lets you live out your childhood fantasy without raising too many eyebrows. Located in Cary, North Carolina, over 300 of these real-life mermaids meet up three times a week at the…

Is this noise band art or the sound of a cat puking up its own vocal chords?

BY: DANIEL KORN When I called Peter Negroponte – the drummer of Guerilla Toss – at noon on a weekday, he groggily asked me if we could move the interview back an hour. I should have fucking known this would…

“Facts” you were lied to about in school

BY: TED BARNABY Try beginning a statement—any statement—with “scientists have proven,” followed by a string of miscellaneous bullshit. Likely, you’ll receive little more than a congenial head-nod and an “Oh, isn’t that interesting!” without any further consideration from your recipient…

Unschooling is education that throws curriculum to the wind and puts the focus on passion

BY: CHRISTINE CELIS When you meet seven-year old Jacob for the first time, you would be charmed by his politeness and his ability to recognize flags and capitals of various countries in the world. You would expect him to be…

Public Schools Are Failing Our Children—Through the Eyes of a Homeschooler.

BY: JESSICA BURDE According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read and 21% of American adults read below a 5th grade level. The reality is…

Why you should travel before you commit to school

BY ROB HOFFMAN The phrase “I just wanna get my degree under my belt, but I’m going to do a ton of traveling after university” gets passed around amongst university students more often than a joint at a Tommy Chong barbecue.…

Why travelling turns you into a decent human being; the benefits of travel

BY: LAURA ROJAS I remember looking up into the Amazonian night – lungs filled with pure air, feet digging into cold earth, seeing the hazy violet dust of the Milky Way. I remember meeting people who knew the curves and…

Confessions of a sex worker with a Masters Degree

By GARY SEWARD What if your resume read like this: “Hello gentlemen, I am Robert. I am 22 5’8 and 150 lbs. I’m the perfect twinky companion for the 9-5er who wants to escape and find a relaxing, enjoyable young…