Impacts of bullying

“The impacts of bullying extend far beyond the particular incidents where it occurs. Research has shown that both the perpetrators and targets of bullying may experience serious, long-lasting negative life consequences.” This snippet from a document produced by the...

Beauty in Collaboration

When observing some of the recent results of the creative projects students have engaged in through Thinking Forward’s programming, I was struck by how much fun and how much beauty is accomplished through collaboration. Students work together, share ideas and grow in...

Choose Kindness

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” The novelist Henry James’ career ended about 100 years before Thinking Forward began its work of bringing arts-based character education to...

My Favourite Season

This is my favourite season, and part of it is due to the changes that happen in the autumn in Ontario. When the leaves change colour it creates my favourite scenery in all the world. The arrival of harvest season brings change to what appears on produce shelves and...

Change is Possible

A lot can change in a short amount of time. Consider that the percentage of people in Canada living in cities went from less than 50% to over 80% in one generation after the end of World War II. Also, when I was a young boy in Ontario in the late 1970s, the province...