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Ben Sichel

I’m a teacher of languages and social studies (Spanish, French, Mi’kmaq Studies, African Canadian Studies) at a public high school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the local representative on the provincial executive of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. I’m also a member of Solidarity Halifax. Recently I also edited for the Halifax Media Co-op .

I like to write about education and other related topics like racism/anti-racism, labour, and Indigenous issues. I believe in robust public services, especially public education, and I think we have the capacity as a society to provide them. I’ve written articles for The Coast, the Chronicle-HeraldBriarpatch, the Dominion/Media, and the now-defunct Hour (Montreal).

My grandfather pronounced my last name in a way that sort of rhymed with “official”; however since my family moved to Moncton, New Brunswick in the 70’s the name has taken on the Jewish-Acadian pronunciation of “seashell.” En français on le prononce pour que ça rime avec “Michel.”

I have a M.Ed. from Mount Saint Vincent University focusing on anti-racist and Indigenous education. I also used to play in this band.

Find me on Twitter: @bsichel

Here are some pieces I wrote before I started this blog.

Here are some of my favourite websites on education, labour, and a few other things.

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Ben,

    Your article about teaching Aboriginal history is very thoughtful and inspiring. Would you be interested in being a webinar guest with the Indspire Institute? We can do it remotely or we can fly you into Hamilton to record it near Indspire’s head office on Six Nations of the Grand River.

    1. !!!! That is an amazing invitation. Thank you! I would love to participate. I’ll contact you via e-mail.

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