The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summer

Our summers were a collage of friends, exploration, interaction, self-discovery. We were doing everything. Our kids deserve the same

The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summerMillions of Canadian children are no doubt thrilled as summer holidays begin this week, after months of classrooms, tests and teachers. Most of us remember the long and lazy days of summer – an entire two months of winding down after a structured 10 months of schooling. For many of us raising kids today, summer…

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusive

Fundamental to human rights in Canada is access to a public education system that offers choice and quality to the taxpayers who pay for it

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusiveChoice and opportunity should be fundamental to public education, but sometimes the argument gets muddied by peculiar personal perspectives. We’ve seen an unprecedented movement in Canadian publicly-supported schools to accommodate the needs and rights of minority groups such as LGBTQ, with the introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms and curriculum updates. Social justice issues have taken up…

Patrick Brown underestimates the power of social conservatives

The Ontario Conservative leader appears to be turning his back on the very people who helped him take over the party. It could cost him in the next election

Patrick Brown underestimates the power of social conservativesOntario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown’s hopes of winning a majority government next year are fading fast. His problems are rooted in 2015, when Brown, a backbencher in Stephen Harper’s Conservative federal government, ran for the provincial Tory leadership and won, with help from dozens of organizations. He surprised everyone, selling more party memberships than popular former MPP Christine Elliot,…

Are Canada’s public schools truly for everyone?

The Saskatchewan ruling gives provinces the impetus to explore the alternatives to forcing children into secular public education

Are Canada’s public schools truly for everyone?TORONTO, Ont., May 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It's time to go back to the drawing board on public funding for education. In Saskatchewan, a recent ruling by a Court of Queen's Bench justice was meant to end a 12-year legal battle between public and Catholic school administrations. But Premier Brad Wall’s announcement that the province…

A reminder of the value of an inclusive education system

Malala Yousafzai brings to the House of Commons a much-needed perspective on issues of inclusion in education

A reminder of the value of an inclusive education systemTORONTO, Ont., April 19, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Malala Yousafzai's speech to the House of Commons brought much-needed perspective to issues of inclusion in education. Across the country, provincial governments and school boards face a variety of challenges. They struggle with low enrolment and public backlash over school closures. Controversy accompanies post-secondary tuition, and the status of provincial education…

It’s a political gamble to embrace prayer in public schools

Only 10 years ago, Premier Kathleen Wynne campaigned vehemently against a faith-based school model. Now, she has suddenly changed her mind

It’s a political gamble to embrace prayer in public schoolsTORONTO, Ont., April 5, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The debate about the separation of state and church in publicly-funded schools is important, but often emotions run high and sound analysis gets lost. Last month, the Peel District public school board in Ontario used police to remove parents who were upset that their children’s school administration was…

Funding help alone won’t ensure more students succeed

Bridging the socio-economic gap in poor schools to improve literacy and math skills will ultimately give young people a leg up in post-secondary institutions

Funding help alone won’t ensure more students succeedTORONTO, Ont. Mar. 22, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to increase post-secondary education subsidies for students from lower income households is a good start, but more needs to be done. High school graduates from households that earn less than $50,000 a year will find going to university or college in September a lot more affordable,…

Ontario PCs still searching for real hydro and education policy options

PC leader Patrick Brown is still in the dark when it comes to hydro and education policy, proving he is not yet ready to form the next government

Ontario PCs still searching for real hydro and education policy optionsTORONTO, Ont. March 8, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Ontarians are still waiting for Patrick Brown to start offering substantial policy options. Brown, the front-runner in the next Ontario election, stumbled badly during a recent radio interview on the topic of hydro rates. The Progressive Conservative leader offered plenty of justified criticism of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne's proposal to…

Test results highlight a deeper problem in Ontario schools

When the results are seemingly ignored – when educators haven't brought about year-over-year improvements – then parents should demand action

Test results highlight a deeper problem in Ontario schoolsTORONTO, Ont. Feb. 22, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It's time Ontario parents, educators and government officials took the results of standardized testing seriously. I recently spoke to several reporters about the latest Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized test results from Ontario government-run schools, along with Fraser Institute findings that these schools weren't doing enough to improve…

A solid case for charter schools in Ontario

Small communities face losing their schools as the province pulls back funding, but these schools – and their communities – can be saved

A solid case for charter schools in OntarioTORONTO, Ont. Feb. 8, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Markdale is a small community in southwestern Ontario. It only has a population of about 1,200 but can attract much more to its large annual fair. Enthusiasts of craft and farming exhibits come each year to enjoy this charming town. Markdale may also become ground zero for a charter school revolution in Ontario.…