What Betsy DeVos could learn about school choice from Ontario

Unfortunately, the U.S. Education Secretary would have to visit the past to find truly innovative approaches to school choice

What Betsy DeVos could learn about school choice from OntarioBetsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, is charged with promoting school choice. She was about to visit Ontario recently but her visit was cancelled. One cannot but wonder if DeVos’ advisors learned of how Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal party clawed its way to power by smothering a truly innovative school choice program in its cradle.…

The facts behind private schools in Alberta

Alberta’s 94 private schools received $151 million in grants this year, a drop in the bucket when it comes to Alberta Education’s $7,228,040,463 budget

The facts behind private schools in AlbertaLONDON, Ont. Aug. 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Public funding for private schools continues to be a hot topic in Alberta. As argued in a recent Edmonton Journal [popup url="http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-public-money-best-invested-in-albertas-public-schools" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]opinion[/popup] piece, some want to eliminate all financial support for private schools. But what are the facts? Less than four per cent of Alberta’s…

Three principles for better schools

More than ever, Canada needs an education system based on the powerful principles of freedom, autonomy and accountability

Three principles for better schoolsLONDON, Ont. Aug. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The evolution of education is coming full circle, for the betterment of children. In earlier times, the education of Canadian children was sometimes compared to a three-legged stool, one leg representing the family, another the church, the third the government. Over time, the first two legs have…

There are no shortcuts to quality learning

Cheating will come back to bite you sooner or later, causing embarrassment, and damaging your reputation, life and career

There are no shortcuts to quality learningLONDON, Ont. Aug. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The 1967 movie How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is typical 1960s satire. It suggests that success only requires cutting corners, chumming up to the right people, lying, cheating and choosing the unethical path whenever it appears. This might be true in organizations like the World Wide Wicket Company, in which this fictional indulgence…