Matt Henderson

Matt Henderson, who has a master's degree in education, is the assistant superintendent, curriculum and programs, of the Seven Oaks School Division. He is the former principal of the Maples Met School in Winnipeg and a winner of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching. He ran for the New Democratic Party in the 2015 federal election.

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Holocaust survivors are right: Study history to counter the rise of fascism

An understanding of history and all of the humanities are critical for cultivating a democratic society that is able to defend itself from short-sighted, undemocratic, bigoted and nefarious forces, history educator Matt Henderson writes.

In the fight against climate change, we pay now or our children pay later

If you have an eight-year-old child right now, she will be 30 in 2040. What kind of a world will she live in as an adult? According to the international community, one that will see the catastrophic results of our short-sightedness, our greed, and political cowardice — unless we do something now.

Let's teach our kids the skills needed to fight fascism

We have an opportunity in Manitoba to refocus our efforts on developing citizens who have the critical analysis, historical thinking and media literacy skills to combat the vile forces of extreme nationalism, fascism and contempt.

Education must focus efforts on ecological literacy, Matt Henderson says

As my high school students and I conducted our daily routine of sifting through the headlines, our jaws dropped when we heard the average temperature in the northern hemisphere reached two degrees Celsius above normal for the first time on March 3. Most mainstream outlets paid little attention.

What is learning? Does the age-old system of teaching still work?

As many students in Manitoba have begun a new semester, stress levels over final exams have temporarily curtailed. Such is the ritual that we have subscribed to over the past 100 years, at least according to a new film entitled Most Likely to Succeed, writes Matt Henderson.

Externalizing history: Last Spike presents sobering reminder of cost of human progress

130 years ago today, Donald Smith drove in the last spike of the CPR in Eagle Pass in Craigellachie, B.C.

The politics of fear: A Canadian tradition

In June 1919, the Canadian government, under Robert Borden, passed the fastest piece of legislation in Canadian history. This new law was intended to give authorities the ability to deport aliens suspected of directing and contributing to the Winnipeg General Strike.

Canada's history not always so 'strong, proud, free'

While many of our anniversaries warrant remembrance and our collective reflection due to their significance, it is important to critically analyze the notion of historical significance and whose agenda is being bolstered and to what end.

Black Friday: A signal of ecological illiteracy

If we address unbridled consumerism and resource exploitation, it needs to be done through learning, transformation, a change in behaviour and a drive toward ecological literacy.

We need critical thinkers, not a citizenry that makes snap judgments

This past week has seen some truly terrible and bizarre events rattle the consciousness of Canadians.