While still in his teens, Tom Harrison moved with his family from Winnipeg to North Vancouver, just in time to see the shift in Vancouver from rhythm and blues to a hippie counterculture, and the birth of a music industry. As a writer for the Georgia Straight from 1974-1978, his love of rock 'n' roll steered the "hippie rag" toward more music coverage and made him aware of a growing but frustrated music scene. In 1979, he was hired by The Province newspaper on the recommendation of its first rock music critic, Jeani Read. He's been planted there like a great Buddha ever since.
Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools addresses the contemporary issues of quantification and measurement in educational settings. The authors draw on the research of the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham in order to investigate the concern that the conventional wisdom, sound judgement and professional discretion of teachers is being diminished and control mistakenly given over to administrators, policymakers and inspectors which in turn is negatively effecting pupils’ character development.
The books calls for subject competence to be complemented by practical wisdom and good character in teaching staff. It posits that the constituent virtues of good character can be learned and taught, that education is an intrinsically moral enterprise and that character education should be intentional, organised and reflective. The book draws on the Jubilee Centre’s expertise in support of its claims and successfully integrates the fields of educational studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy and theology in its examination of contemporary educational practices and their wider effect on society as a whole. It offers sample lessons as well as a framework for character education in schools.
The book encourages the view that character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important and how to act for the right reasons so that they can become more autonomous and reflective individuals within the framework of a democratic society. Particularly interested readers will be educational leaders, teachers, those undertaking research in the field of education as well as policy analysts with a keen interest in developing the character and good sense of learners today.
The University of North Texas
by Tom Harrison, Ph.D.
The University of North Texas chronicles the duties and responsibilities of a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), of which very few readers are familiar. The book addresses the work the RSO must perform specifically in this case for an institution of higher learning to keep the faculty, staff, students, and its personnel in general protected from the hazards posed by the use of radioactive materials and ionizing radiation machines, i.e. X-ray machines, which are strictly governed by both Federal and State Regulations. Violations of these regulations will result in penalties to the institution in question that must be addressed and corrected in a timely fashion to assure that the institute’s personnel can conduct their medical, educational, and research programs in a safe manner and not deliberately be placed in harm’s way.
The University of North Texas deliberately and knowingly disregarded and violated its licensed conditions required in order to operate their licensed programs safely. Their actions resulted in both Federal and State regulatory violations via the University of North Texas Radioactive Material License conditions imposed by these agencies. The Senior Administration did this illegally to achieve preemptory financial and administrative goals by covertly ignoring and overriding Federal and State regulations.
The author further describes in great detail the violations perpetrated by this University of Federal, State, and Postal codes to materialize these goals at the expense of the safety of their personnel.