Independent schools should be encouraged, funded in Ontario

A survey shows that independent school graduates are much more likely to work for the common good. How can that be bad?

Independent schools should be encouraged, funded in OntarioBy Doug Sikkema and Dr. Beth Green Cardus More than six per cent of children in Ontario are enrolled in independent (non-public) schools. In the 1960s, such independent school enrolments made up a mere 1.8 per cent of the student population. Six per cent might not seem like much, but the long-term trend in Ontario…

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discrimination

Subjecting parents choosing such schools for their children to extra costs is discriminatory

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discriminationBy Derek J. Allison Deani Van Pelt and Beth Green Cardus You could call it a step forward in fairness for Canadians who send their kids to independent schools. The Toronto Board of Health recently recommended the extension of its student nutrition programs to qualified independent schools. That means more than 300 independent schools could…

Toppling the misperceptions about home-schooling

Home-schooling successes show that parents and kids can be far more responsible for decisions about their education than imagined

Toppling the misperceptions about home-schoolingBy Deani Van Pelt and Beth Green Cardus Back-to-school means different things for many of Canada’s five million school-age children. For an increasing share of students in almost every province, it means something other than attending a neighbourhood public school. Home-schooling, while still small in overall uptake – Manitoba has the highest share at 1.5…

Back to school: choosing wisely for your children

Independent schools achieve a better balance of good academic, civic, religious and spiritual outcomes

Back to school: choosing wisely for your childrenParents, what are the top three things to pack in your kid’s school bag? These days, back-to-school supplies like coloured pencils and geometry sets run a poor second place to YouTube. At the end of the summer vacation, when I checked out videos about the best hairstyles, the best first-day-back outfits and hacks for making…

Treating everyone the same is bad for learning

The solution is not to opt for the lowest common denominator but instead to expand the levels of genuine school choice for students and parents

Treating everyone the same is bad for learningThe best teachers, the best schools, and the best education systems have caught on to something that parents already know: treating everyone the same works against growth and development. A small grassroots coalition called One Public Education Now (OPEN) is calling for the elimination of the separate Catholic school system in Ontario, claiming that doing…

This is no time to turn the clock back for education in Alberta

Diversity in schooling choice made Alberta a world leader in education, but that could all be coming to an end

This is no time to turn the clock back for education in AlbertaIt’s a paradox of politics when one of Canada’s self-identified progressive governments risks a major regressive step in preparing our children for the future. Nor is the conundrum of Alberta’s NDP government debating the dismantling of its highly innovative choice-based education system baffling only to Canadians. The resurgent spouting of old school dogma about the infallibility…

Premier Wynne, you need to meet education expert Michael Barber

Ontario in dire need of an efficiency expert who will deliver an innovative new education system

Premier Wynne, you need to meet education expert Michael BarberBy Michael Van Pelt and Dr. Beth Green Cardus Premier Kathleen Wynne, meet Sir Michael Barber. He knows how to fix your education system. He has done it before. Barber is a professor at London’s Institute for Education and former head of Global Education at the international counselling firm McKinsey & Company. He has helped…

Time for a national conversation on parental choice

Time for a national conversation on parental choiceParents and children should be at the heart of education, not teachers or cumbersome regulation. National School Choice Week, an initiative spearheaded by our neighbour to the south, offers a chance to highlight examples of school diversity already on offer in Canada's provinces and to renew the call for a national conversation on parental choice.…