Media Release - Frontier Centre’s Rod Clifton appointed Professor Emeritus – April 30, 2013
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy is pleased to announce that Rod Clifton, a Senior Research Fellow, will be named Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Media Release - Frontier’s Education Video Series to Air on SUN TV This Week – February 19, 2013
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy is delighted to announce that five videos from its new education reform series entitled Common Sense Education will be broadcast nationwide on Byline with Bryan Lilley on Sun TV at 9pm ET each night this week.
Media Release - Common Sense Education I – January 15, 2013
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, in conjunction with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, today released the first video in a new series on education reform. The series, Common Sense Education, gives parents, teachers and students a direct window into the foolish fads that afflict our public education system.
Media Release - Zero Support for No-Zero Policies – August 27, 2012
Michael Zwaagstra shows that no-zero grading policies create unhelpful incentives for students, and diminish the quality of education in our schools.
Media Release - Scores for every High School in Manitoba and Saskatchewan – June 28, 2012
The Manitoba government is still unwilling to cooperate in the assessment of school performance leading to improving the quality of the province’s high school education.
Media Release - A Performance-Based Accountability System In Higher Education – May 31, 2012
This backgrounder describes how improved performance measurement for professors can promote transparency and accountability in Canadian universities while improving the quality of undergraduate education.
Media Release - The Case for Voluntary Student Unionism – November 16, 2011
Eliminating compulsory student unionism in Canada would be consistent with respecting Charter rights.
Media Release - Resisting the Removal of Standardized Testing – October 21, 2011
Standardized testing in schools is a necessary instrument to measure overall performance and progress in students. Decision-makers need to resist those who seek to eliminate these tests.
Media Release - Something is Wrong With the State of Math Education in Canada – September 21, 2011
Canada’s math education system has failed to teach basic math skills to students, but a renewed emphasis on mastering basic math skills can better prepare students for life.
Media Release - Tuition Fees and University Participation for Youth from Low-Income Families – September 13, 2011
Ben Eisen and Jonathan Wensveen examine university participation patterns across Canada, and find that the provinces with very low tuition fees do not, on average, have higher rates of university participation for young adults from low-income families compared to provinces where tuition fees are higher.
Media Release: 1st Annual Report Card on Western Canadian High Schools – March 14, 2011
Media release for the 1st Annual Report Card on Western Canadian High Schools
Media Release - Grading Western Canada’s Schools: The Good, The Okay and Manitoba’s Information Omission – February 1, 2010
AIMS and the Frontier Centre release an Interim High School Report Card for Western Canada.
Media Release - Myths about Childcare Subsidies – January 18, 2010
Is day care an unalloyed good? A new paper by Frontier's 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.
Media Release - Time for Schools to End Social Promotion – August 31, 2009
The Frontier Centre recommends schools replace social promotion with promotion on the basis of academic achievement At a minimum, school boards should avoid enacting rigid no-fail policies and allow teachers greater discretion in grade retention decisions
Media Release - The Perfect Gift for Mother's Day: Child Care Choice – May 6, 2009
Provincial child care policies vary widely across the Prairies. In particular, Saskatchewan and Manitoba actively discourage for-profit child care centres by denying them access to government subsidies and grants. Alberta treats both for-profit and non-profit centres equally. Because of these policies, Saskatchewan has just one commercial daycare in the entire province. Only five percent of the child care centres in Manitoba are for-profit. Alberta has a majority of for-profit centres. Saskatchewan also has the lowest level of child care coverage in the country. Manitoba and Alberta are both near the national average. Evidence suggests that Alberta has been better able to meet rising demand for new child care spaces than either Saskatchewan or Manitoba. Further evidence suggests that Alberta is more efficient in turning government funding into new daycare spaces. Alberta is able to create twice as many spots per $1,000 in government expenditure than Manitoba, and three-times as many spots as Saskatchewan.
Media Release: Back to the Drawing Board – March 30, 2009
Homework is an important part of the schooling process and it would be better to reform and improve its use than to abolish it entirely according to a new report from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
Media Release - 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.
Frontier Centre Backgrounder Calls for Higher Graduate Education Standards for Teachers and School Administrators – April 24, 2008
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy today released a background report calling into question the quality standards of graduate education for school teachers and school administrators.
Frontier Centre Releases Report on the Use and Misuse of Information Technology in Schools – February 26, 2008