Manitoba Liberal Party Policy Incubator (~77min) – April 16, 2013
The Manitoba Liberal Party Policy Committee organized a Policy Incubator on the topic of education which was held in Winnipeg on April 7, 2013. It involved a panel discussion where 2 experts presented 3 priorities the Manitoba Liberal Party should address on the education file. The panelists included Michael Zwaagstra, Frontier research fellow on education and Estelle Lamoureux, retired Principal from River East Transcona School Division. (1 hour, 17 minutes)
Do Universities Exploit Undergraduates? (Rodney Clifton) (~39min) – March 4, 2013
Attending university is a significant financial investment for Canadian students and their parents. Since 1992, tuition fees for undergraduate students have increased by a whopping 215% while the Consumer Price Index has increased by only 43%. Between 2001 and 2007, total university expenditure in Canada increased by almost 95%, from $19 billion to $37 billion.
Common Sense Education - Speech by Michael Zwaagstra (~59min) – October 8, 2012
Frontier Research Fellow Michael Zwaagstra discusses Common Sense Education in a speech to Curtis-Homes Schools 80th anniversary in Regina, August 2012.
Math Wars in Manitoba (Craigen) (~52min) – May 28, 2012
Math Professor Robert Craigen speaks about the problems with the math curriculum that has ignited a national controversy. From Breakfast on the Frontier speech in Winnipeg, March 29, 2012. (~52 min.)
Canadian Universities: A Threat to Free Speech (Carpay) (~53min) – October 31, 2011
Barrister/Solicitor and President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms John Carpay discusses how today’s universities empower their administrators and student union politicians with numerous policies, regulations and by-laws to censor expression on campus and to restrict speech and introduces preliminary research that the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is preparing, its “Campus Freedom Index,” to evaluate and rank the state of free speech at Canadian universities. John Carpay spoke at a Breakfast on the Frontier in Calgary October 28, 2011. (~54 mins)
The Trouble with Canada . . . Still (Bill Gairdner) (~62min) – February 24, 2011
Author Bill Gairdner addresses Lunch on the Frontier in Winnipeg on February 23, 2011. (62 minutes)
What's Wrong With Our Schools (Zwaagstra - Winnipeg) (~34min) – October 27, 2010
Michael Zwaagstra, Manitoba High School Teacher and Co-Author of What's Wrong With Our Schools and How to Fix Them, spoke at Breakfast on the Frontier in Winnipeg October 22, 2010.
What’s Wrong With Our Schools (Michael Zwaagstra - Regina) (~27min) – August 25, 2010
Audio of speech given to Lunch on the Frontier, Regina, August 23, 2010. Research Associate Michael Zwaagstra asks, whatever happened to common sense in education? Whether it is the lack of content in some school curricula, the anti-testing ideology promoted by many educators, the no-fail policies that have been enacted by some school boards, or the pervasiveness of what might be described as "edu-babble," there is growing concern with some of the more recent policies and practices in many Canadian public schools.
Standardised Testing, Transparency, Local Autonomy (~31min) – June 7, 2010
David Seymour’s address to the Public Section of the Saskatchewan School Boards’ Association arguing that public systems should always make all the information they have transparent, but greater local autonomy could and should make parents more interested in local activity and the results of standardised tests. (31 mins)
Cracking Egg-Heads at the U of M (Rod Clifton Speech - MP3) (~10min) – October 3, 2007
Professor Rodney Clifton explores staff spending patterns at the University of Manitoba, September 12, 2007 in Winnipeg. Includes questions and answers (one hour).