A Workable Voucher System for Aboriginal Students – June 20, 2012
This backgrounder describes how Aboriginal education in Canada could improve significantly if Indian bands and parents took a greater role in the education of the children in their communities, insuring prompt remedial literacy and numeracy.
How to Improve Undergraduate Teaching – May 31, 2012
This paper proposes a performance-based accountability system for university professors to improve the quality of undergraduate education in Canada.
The Case for Voluntary Student Unionism – November 16, 2011
Student unionism in Canada is falling short of the mark of representing all students.
An ‘F’ for Social Promotion – August 31, 2009
The Frontier Centre recommends schools replace social promotion with promotion on the basis of academic achievement.
Back To The Drawing Board – March 30, 2009
Even though homework opponents have claimed that homework is a poor use of students' time and should be abolished, the reality is that there are solid reasons for making it a key part of the learning process.
Manitoba’s School-closure Moratorium One Year Later – March 9, 2009
The school closure moratorium in Manitoba makes little sense as it forces empty schools to remain open while doing nothing to address the greater problem of declining student enrolment across the province.
An Inconvenient Court Ruling – January 23, 2009
Teachers need to ensure that students receive a rigorous education where they learn the facts and all the different perspectives regardless of whether they fit into the popular version of environmentalism.
Excellence in Education – May 16, 2008
The popularity of science fairs and spelling bees stands in contrast to a curriculum and system increasingly hostile to competitive activities in the school system.
A Failing Report Card – May 15, 2008
Manitoba's education policy since 1999 has deteriorated due to a weakened assessment program, forced school division amalgamations, vastly expanded special education spending and a shortened school year.
Questionable Graduate Programs For Teachers And Administrators – April 24, 2008
Recent reports written by Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, called into question the quality of most graduate programs for school teachers and administrators in the United States. While the situation does not appear to be as bleak in Manitoba, there are signs that the University of Manitoba is making some of the same mistakes outlined in the Levine report.
Should Principals Be Union Members? – March 31, 2008
Several other provinces, most notably British Columbia and Ontario, recognized this inherent conflict and established separate associations for principals and teachers.
Environmental Education – March 10, 2008
Environmental education is an important component of public school education. Unfortunately, students are being exposed to only one side of the argument on environmental issues.
Computers in the Classroom – February 25, 2008
Adjusting for household income, there is no evidence that greater access to computers at school has a positive correlation with academic achievement.
Why Are Parents Paying Twice? – October 5, 2006
Manitoba's education system is soaking parents who choose not to enroll their children in often substandard public schools. Those who use independent schools, who home-school and who use remedial learning centres all face discrimination and two tiers.
The Gender Gap in Education – September 30, 2006
The old gender gap in schools, where boys did better than girls, has been reversed. Now we need to address the problem's mirror image, where girls are beating boys by wide margins.
Expanding the Trades – September 25, 2006
Manitoba's school system overemphasizes university entrance, and the result is huge drop-out rates in universities and a shortage of skilled tradesmen. The German system of apprenticeship works better.
School Choice and Special Education Students – September 20, 2006
Programs in Florida and Utah that offer the parents of special needs students a choice between special programming and mainstreaming are proving superior to policies directed by political correctness.
Teacher Certification in Canada – September 18, 2006
Current methods of certifying teachers are not able to meet coming shortages. An alternative certification pioneered in New Jersey offers a way out.
Aboriginal Education in Manitoba – September 1, 2006
Aboriginals are an integral part of Manitoba’s society and, along with everyone else, need to receive a quality education. Current strategies to ensure that are ineffective and should be reconsidered.
Parent Power in Britain – March 4, 2006
An internal Labour Party struggle is waging over the principles underlying "parent power" and the template for school-based management the policy recommends for public schools in Great Britain.