How being politically correct can muddy complex waters

U of C's "cultural engagement" guidelines bear little resemblance to the complex relationship that existed between aboriginals and immigrants

How being politically correct can muddy complex watersA ceremony at the University of Calgary a short while ago invited all faculty members of the Royal Society of Canada to welcome newly-elected fellows into the ranks. It was presided over by one of the university’s vice-presidents. Other members of the senior leadership team were also present. The VP began the evening with the…

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spending

Provincial governments have been spending more money to educate a smaller number of students

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spendingBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute With governments across Canada preparing to release their budgets, Canadians can expect headlines announcing new government spending on this or that initiative. But in all the hoopla, what is often overlooked is the harsh reality that governments do not have a bottomless pit of tax money…

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 AlbertaPublic funding for private schools continues to be a hot topic in Alberta. As argued in a recent Edmonton Journal opinion piece, some want to eliminate all financial support for private schools. But what are the facts? Less than four per cent of Alberta’s school students attend private schools benefiting from public support. Given that this…

Financial literacy must be part of learning plan

By giving students the tools they will need to grow wealth, as opposed to bad debt, we will be helping the next generation to succeed

Financial literacy must be part of learning planA few weeks ago, the Government of Alberta announced an ambitious overhaul of the Kindergarten through Grade 12 public education curricula. The $64-million project will span six years and will involve approximately 50 education professionals in the planning, drafting, and communication of the multi-faceted review. What is unusual about Alberta's approach is that it means…

Independent schools offer Albertans more education choice

A unique and vital contribution to the education landscape

Independent schools offer Albertans more education choiceBy Deani Van Pelt and Derek J. Allison The Fraser Institute Alberta is recognized internationally for educational choice – a reputation recently reaffirmed by the provincial government, which supported a “parental choice” motion in the legislature. However, in a province awash with choice in public government-run schooling, the choices offered by independent schools, and the…

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…

Calls to end independent schools in Alberta wrong-headed

Private schools and charter schools actually reduce the strain on Alberta budget

By Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute While parents in Alberta have more choice for their children’s education than Canadians in most other provinces, that level of choice may soon be reduced by the current government in Edmonton. In response, Ric McIver, Progressive Conservative Party Leader, recently tabled a private member’s motion…

Alberta rejects new charter schools

Despite evidence of their widespread benefits

Alberta rejects new charter schoolsBy Deani Van Pelt and Lynn Bosetti The Fraser Institute Alberta Education Minister David Eggen recently rejected two applications for new charter schools – a school for special needs students and a Spanish-language school with an emphasis on science. That is unfortunate. There is room and demand for more charter schools in Alberta, the only…