Zero Support for No-Zero Policies – August 27, 2012
Michael Zwaagstra shows that there is little empirical support in favour of no-zero policies in K-12 education and that such policies are unpopular with parents and teachers.
Second Annual Western High School Report Card (2012) – June 28, 2012
The 2nd Annual Report Card on Western Canadian High Schools provides the public with the requisite information to identify problems and, when warranted, celebrate successes. The objective is to hold our schools accountable with it, and improve the education they deliver.
Standardized Testing is a Good Thing – October 21, 2011
A desire to have the best and most balanced means available to make decisions about our children’s education make standardized testing in schools a necessity.
Math Instruction that Makes Sense – September 21, 2011
Math education in Canada is failing has been failing to teach its students fundamental numeracy, but a renewed emphasis on mastering basic math skills can better prepare students for life.
Tuition Fees and University Participation for Youth from Low-Income Families – September 13, 2011
Ben Eisen and Jonathan Wensveen investigate the claim often made in Canada that low tuition fees lead to higher rates of university participation. The authors find that there is no positive correlation between low tuition fees and higher rates of university participation, either overall or in the specific case of young adults from low-income families.
Myths about Childcare Subsidies – January 18, 2010
Is day care an unalloyed good? Policy Analyst Ben Eisen looks at the research literature and finds the benefits of daycare to be ambiguous, and that a universal childcare system is likely an overly expensive and inefficient policy option.
Little Crèche on the Prairies – May 6, 2009
An examination of the current state of child day care policy in the prairie provinces.
Creating a High Performance Public School System in Manitoba – September 15, 2006
If we adopted a clear-headed, results-oriented philosophy of education „Ÿ and embarked in a consequent manner on the reform of standards, finances and administration „Ÿ we could create the strongest public school system in the country. Instead of the province which spends the largest percentage of GDP on schools, Manitoba would become renowned as the province that achieved the best results.
School Choice: A Policy Whose Time Has Come – August 16, 2004
The world-wide trend in education is generally moving towards more choices for students and parents. Among countries embracing the trend are New Zealand, Britain, and the United States. Approximately 2700 charter schools have opened in the latter, and research demonstrates that most of them have been very successful.
Letting the Students Decide – July 13, 2004
Frontier policy paper 22 suggests replacing Manitoba's current university funding system with a lifelong learning endowment giving more flexibility and control to students.
A Merit Pay Plan for Manitoba Teachers – January 30, 2003
This paper proposes a merit pay plan for Manitoba teachers based on models that have been successfully implemented in the United States. It creates a new salary grid which replaces increments based on experience and the teacher’s years of university education. A teacher’s merit level placement would depend partially on in-school evaluations and student performance on standards exams. Principals will also have six possible merit levels, determined entirely by student performance
To Test or Not to Test? – January 1, 2000
This paper will examine the question of standards testing in public schools. What is its purpose? Are standards tests an effective and acceptable tool for measuring public school performance? Should we keep them or discard them?
Are School Boards Obsolete? – October 1, 1999
Locally elected school boards have occupied centre stage in the provision of education in Canada from the inception of public schools. But are they really necessary?