Small class sizes no guarantee of quality education

To listen to the teacher unions and their supporters, the sky is about to fall if class sizes for secondary schools get bigger. The evidence shows they're dead wrong

Small class sizes no guarantee of quality educationClass war may soon break out in Canada. More than half of Canadian high school students are in Ontario or British Columbia. Teacher negotiations continue in both provinces with secondary school class sizes a central issue that could trigger strike action. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation wants to retain or lower high school class size limits…

School board attaches non-compete clause to building sale

Public board in Ontario refused to sell a school it closed to a private school to curtail competition for students

School board attaches non-compete clause to building saleWho does the government compete with? Is a public school a sacred building? A recent surplus building sale raises those questions. Near Brockville, Ont., the local public school board has sold the Wolford elementary school that it closed in 2018. The building was surplus, no other government had a use for it, so the school…

International students play (and pay) a bigger role in Ontario

And funding changes promised by the provincial government will likely shift the economic balance even further

International students play (and pay) a bigger role in OntarioOntario students and universities face major changes in the next academic year, from performance-based funding to tuition decreases, introduced by the provincial government. The province plans to reduce tuition by 10 per cent across all universities. So schools are looking to international students to help offset the loss in revenue, since the tuition decrease only…

Students burdened by rising cost of university education

A look at one Ontario university shows tuitions skyrocketing when compared to asset investment and inflation

Students burdened by rising cost of university educationAs student fees rise across the country, being able to afford university is increasingly difficult. All students should be know where their fees and tuition payments go, instead of paying what’s needed and then forgetting about it. However, financial statements aren’t always easy for the average student to understand, especially if they’re not a business…

Ontario education reform needed now

Math scores are getting worse. Spending per pupil keeps growing. Something doesn't add up

Ontario education reform needed nowOntario parents are concerned about the state of kindergarten-to-Grade-12 education. The concerns are valid, despite an increasing amount of money being spent on education in the province. Results from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are alarming, particularly in math. There’s a pervasive myth that large cuts…

Ontario takes the funding heart out of the student ecosystem

The Conservative government believes campus clubs that can’t survive on the open market shouldn’t exist. But this logic is flawed

Ontario takes the funding heart out of the student ecosystemLast week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford continued his reforms of the province’s colleges and universities. The big news came first. We learned about a cut to tuition and the elimination of free tuition for in-need students. After the cloud of that bomb cleared, we heard the other shocking news: Ford would soon allow students to…

Every school in Ontario is capable of improvement

The Fraser Institute’s latest report card shows where the weak spots are, and where successes can be found and emulated

Every school in Ontario is capable of improvementWith the release of the Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools 2019 by the Fraser Institute, parents once again can see how their child’s school compares to others in their region or across the province. Although there’s typically a lot of focus on the highest-rated schools, it’s important to remember that where a school places…

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…

Reckless rhetoric is no way to debate public policy

The basic presumption of democracy requires us to try to understand one another rather than calling opponents murderers

Reckless rhetoric is no way to debate public policyDennis Raphael, a professor of health policy and management at York University in Toronto, recently penned an opinion piece that represents a low point for discourse about public policy in Canada. Raphael describes the policies of the new Conservative government in Ontario, and specifically the decision not to increase the minimum wage next year, as “social…

Turning the sex ed clock back to 1998 puts our youth at risk

LGBTQ youth face additional mental health pressures associated with stigma and discrimination

Turning the sex ed clock back to 1998 puts our youth at riskIt’s now widely known that the Ontario Ministry of Education will be reverting to the 2010 sex education curriculum to teach youth – despite widespread criticism. Worse, youth in Grades 7 and 8 will actually be taught the 1998 sex ed curriculum. In 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton got in trouble over Monica Lewinsky and…
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