What If Supermarkets were Run like Schools? – November 2, 2002
Economists have been accused of wanting to run our schools like supermarkets. What if we did?
Broadening The Report Card On Manitoba Schools – September 11, 2002
Manitoba's Education Department recently released report card on public school performance revealed that one in ten students fail to pass at least once between Grades One and Eight. We need to go further and measure academic performance by embracing standards testing. While spending to public schools has been flat we need to ask why independent schools produce better test scores with lower per student costs. Other issues to explore include the impacts of "mainstreaming", a shift of spending to admin, and number of teaching days.
The Reality of Public Education in the 21st Century – August 18, 2002
Outcome-based education, the end of school boards, reforming teacher certification and school choice will be the main trends in public education
Refining School Choice – July 25, 2002
The most biting criticism directed at opponents of our health-care monopoly points to the danger of establishing a "two-tier" medical system, a superior one for the rich and an inferior one for the poor.
*The Market Can Transform Our Schools – July 2, 2002
The Supreme Court's voucher decision clears the way for a major expansion of parental school choice.
Revamping Teacher Certification – June 13, 2002
Manitoba is currently facing a teacher shortage, particularly in the inner cities, rural areas, and in the disciplines of math and science.
School-Based Merit Pay – April 9, 2002
The case that merit pay for teachers might improve public schools usually receives short shrift from educators, who argue that it encourages competition rather than co-operation among colleagues.
Modified Voucher Would Improve Public Education – April 1, 2002
Public education is in crisis and something needs to be done about it.
Lifelong Learning Requires Policy Reforms – January 1, 2002
Despite widespread agreement of the critical importance of "lifelong learning", the vested interests of Canada's higher education system are determinedly resisting reforms that would make this goal achievable
A Precedent For Ending School Boards – October 15, 2001
Winnipeg residents suffer the highest residential property taxes in the country.
School Choice, Kiwi-Style – October 1, 2001
As in most jurisdictions in North America, including Manitoba, New Zealand was grappling with major policy questions about education, from improving student performance to funding formulas, from charter schools to classroom size.
Reforming Public Education in Canada – July 1, 2001
The reformist approach to better education involves decentralizing control of the product to the school level, rewarding teacher performance and holding principals responsible for outcomes.
Alberta's Charter School Success – June 20, 2001
The charter school movement continues to rack up an impressive record of improvement to public education.
A Conversation with Henry Zondervan – May 15, 2001
Charter schools are popular because they are providing a vastly needed improvement in choice and various alternatives of delivery within the public system. They are creating a stronger voice for parents, which is one of the main reasons why many are dissatisfied with the broader public system.
Introduce merit pay to the school system – May 2, 2001
The winds of change are beginning to buffet public education in Canada. In Alberta, charter schools receive operating funding from government, but are free to run their own affairs absent the dead hand of bureaucracy.
Merit Pay For Teachers – April 24, 2001
Teachers have immunized themselves from traditional incentives for rewarding professionalism and excellence.
How Not To Do Education Testing – December 18, 2000
The replacement of standardized tests with internal assessments represents a retreat from accountability by the public school system, and helps nobody, including teachers.
Why America Needs School Vouchers – October 1, 2000
Much current discussion of educational vouchers takes it for granted that their primary aim is to improve education for low-income students in urban areas.
A Better BA – August 1, 2000
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 10% of Canadian university graduates are functionally illiterate.
Voucher Schools Keep Costs Low – July 1, 2000
While the annual cost per student in the Milwaukee Public Schools is about $9,500, many of the private schools that participate in the city's voucher program had trouble spending even half that amount.