Content knowledge is the foundation of quality education

Content-rich instruction is key to reading comprehension and critical thinking, and it empowers disadvantaged students

Content knowledge is the foundation of quality educationContent-rich instruction may not be as flashy as some of the educational alternatives but it’s a whole lot more effective. Educators have long debated the importance of specific content knowledge in the curriculum. Progressive educators generally favour a non-content-specific learning process. Traditional educators say all students should master a defined body of knowledge. The 21st century…

Why young Canadians can’t afford to buy a home

Urban fringe land-use restrictions deny the supply of houses that people prefer, at prices they can afford

Why young Canadians can’t afford to buy a homeCanada’s middle-income housing affordability crisis is drawing considerable attention, with good reason. Families are being squeezed out of the market and the situation is only going to worsen. Frontier Centre publications, such as the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey and its policy report, Canada’s Middle-Income Housing Affordability Crisis, have played a major role in this…

Statues tell a story that people need to hear

You could fill volumes with the uncomfortable statements uttered in the past by people whom we now revere, from Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi

Statues tell a story that people need to hearFrantic officials in the American south are joining with the Taliban and Islamic State as the latest group to destroy memorials to the past. Specifically, they are tearing down statues in praise of the Confederacy. We might well examine the racist speech of Civil War-era politicians to see what motivates the iconoclasts of today to…

Andrew Scheer must put First Nations issues back on the agenda

The new Conservative leader can do much to advance indigenous issues and the national agenda – and get his party elected in 2019

Andrew Scheer must put First Nations issues back on the agendaIndigenous issues didn’t play a large part in the recent federal Conservative leadership race. They were mentioned but took a back seat to other matters. But Conservatives must understand that indigenous issues are of vital concern to all Canadians. For instance, candidates devoted considerable time debating TransCanada’s Energy East and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline projects. Energy…

The Indian Act should have been abolished years ago

Aboriginal Canadians must accept that remaining in grievance mode and relying on the government is preventing them from moving forward

The Indian Act should have been abolished years ago“The Indian Act is the root cause of all of the maladies that our people suffer from,” aboriginal leader Craig Blacksmith said recently. He's absolutely right. Blacksmith was a candidate in the recent Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) election. He ran on a platform of getting rid of the Indian Act. While he made it…

Cornwallis and Ryerson: heroes or villains?

Recognizing that all of us are an amalgam of good deeds and bad attitudes will save us from a ceaseless round of endless moaning about the sins of our ancestors

Cornwallis and Ryerson: heroes or villains?How much of a hero do you have to be to warrant a statue? How much of a villain do you have to be to have your name stripped from streets, bridges or schools? The brouhaha surrounding the memory of Edward Cornwallis and Egerton Ryerson means that Canadians and their governmental representatives need to seriously…

A vision for a booming, vital Manitoba

By narrowing government’s role in the economy, a new policy direction can kick-start growth and make the province a mecca for people and investment

A vision for a booming, vital ManitobaIt’s 2036 and Manitoba’s population just passed three million. The economy is booming. Imagine for a moment the events needed to bring Manitoba to such a result. In 2018, let’s suppose, Manitoba finally confronted its slow-growth, deficit-ridden crisis by abandoning heavy government ownership of the economy, punitive tax rates and dependency on federal transfer grants.…

Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine both

Far too many aboriginal men insist on locking themselves and their families in a deadly prison of dependence, alcohol, abuse and violence

Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine bothThere’s turmoil within the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It could all be about the breadth of the inquiry. Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, from northern Manitoba, has called for the resignation of the inquiry’s chief commissioner, British Columbia Judge Marion Buller. At least four staff members have left, and…

Canada can work for everyone, if we all work together

Although a growing number of aboriginal people are productive members of the workforce, far too many rely on the government for support. That must change

Canada can work for everyone, if we all work togetherAs Canada celebrates 150 years, there’s much discussion about the need for reconciliation to make this country work for everyone. There’s no doubt aboriginal people were treated badly as Canada came of age. Other groups, such as the Chinese and Jewish people – who have also been the subject of intense discrimination – have managed…

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsense

Why is the university pretending indigenous knowledge and science are the equivalent of our written knowledge base? Why are they allowing this farce to unfold?

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsenseBy Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy I recently listened to an interview of the new head of the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Knowledge department on CBC radio. She articulately explained that “traditional knowledge” and “indigenous science” have been vital to the survival of the aboriginal culture. A hunter-gatherer culture depended on information…