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Under the Sea: Power from Newfoundland/ Phone In: Do you support standardized testing in public schools?

Powering Up: Newfoundland's premier is sounding confident that a proposal to funnel hydro electric power from the Lower Churchill River via undersea cable to the Maritimes will proceed. In a speech on the weekend, Danny Williams said a deal could be near with Emera, which owns Nova Scotia's electric utility. The idea is to lay a cable to bring power that could then be carried west through New Brunswick, and then south to the north-eastern United States. Williams wants to avoid Quebec altogether, which he has accused of trying to obstruct the proposed Lower Churchill development. Here's Danny Williams, for the record, speaking to party faithful in St John's.

Standardized Tests: Some educators and parents say standardized tests are the only way to get a true measure of how well students are doing in the classroom. Ideally, every province would hold the same set of exams so the results could be accurately compared across the country. That's what the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies would like to see. Charles Cirtwell is the president of AIMS. Graeme Decarie is a life-long teacher who opposes standardized tests. He recently told a District Education Council meeting in New Brunswick that the ranking of schools is nothing more than a PR gimmick, and that the tests encourage rote learning, brings down public humiliation on students and schools, and makes learning in the classroom boring. We asked: do you support standardized testing in schools?


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