Mr. Babcock From The Outside
Mr. Babcock was born in North Bay, Ontario. During his time in postsecondary school, he attained a bachelor of Arts/Social Studies from Carleton University, the majority of which focused on studying politics and history. Mr Babcock achieved a Bachelor of Education and Special Education from the University of Regina. At Innisdale Secondary School Mr Babcock teaches: Politics, History and English. With his involvement in teaching world issues, Mr. Babcock keeps up to date on all current world news and issues which helps him teach politics that are currently happening.
Mr. Babcock From The Inside
Mr. Babcock, also known to the Global class as Mr. B, Babs, Babsyboo, and North Bay Jim, is much more than just the fifth period politics teacher and main trip lead. To the class, he was a mentor, always looking out for his students and delivering insightful words of wisdom such as, “The price is never the price in Cuba” or “The problem with democracy is that sometimes people vote”. Often coming to class drowned in sweat, it was a daily occurrence to see Mr. Babcock eating raw spinach, doing leg exercises balanced on one foot or walking around on the balls of his feet, all while “talking politics”. Throughout class, Mr. Babcock, the former high school footballer, exercised not only his legs but his imagination, as he’d throw a non-existent football across the room or point to an also non-existent camera on the wall, counting in his students to "focus in like Ed Curry", saying their parents were watching the class on a livestream. With his nonstop song references, inserting “bloody” between days of the week to mimic U2, his requests to “bring it on home”, and ongoing Tragically Hip references, Global students received an education not only in politics, but on Mr. Babcock’s favourite rock bands. Extremely knowledgeable, Mr. Babcock never failed to pack each class full of politics. He also managed to weave in his love for Roughriders merchandise, answer the telephone as “the North Bay City Police”, crack a laugh which would get the class in stitches and let out the occasional “Yeaaahhhhh”. Sharing anecdotes about working in youth correctional services, his childhood in North Bay, former traveling adventures from his journal, his most recent “top notch” friends met at the sauna in the Allandale Recreation Centre, and of course his former boss Mike Harris, Mr Babcock’s classes never had a dull moment. All in all, Mr Babcock was not only a phenomenal educator, but a well loved teacher. Our Global class was lucky to have him.
“Carpe diem” or “seize the day”
(As well as many others)
What do you think was the most important part of Global 2017?
Mr. Babcock believes that there is not a most important part of Global Perspectives but that it is an all encompassing experience.
What was your favourite part of Global 2017?
Following the motto “Carpe Diem”, Mr. Babcock enjoys every day of teaching Global Perspectives. The program offers unique experiences, not just for the students but the teachers as well, which is easy to say, as there is never a slow day in Global.
What’s your favourite genre of music? Why?
Mr. Babcock enjoys many genres of music, especially classic rock such as Led Zeppelin and Beastie Boys. Currently he is listening mostly to the Roots Rock genre, which can incorporate parts of the blues and reggae styles of music as well as other styles.
What is one of your favourite readings?
During the interview Mr B described the short poem called Desiderata which is a poem about how to live a good life. The poet speaks about the virtues of being true to yourself and enjoying the beauty of the world around you.