Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American children

Petty Ontario politicians were outraged that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos planned a visit to Ontario to meet with educators

Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American childrenPolitics shouldn't interfere with efforts to improve the education of countless children. But don't try to explain that to a large group of politicians and educators in Ontario. The Program for International  Student Assessment (PISA) gathers data highlighting worldwide test scores of 15-year-old students in math, science and reading. It's a useful tool in assessing…

Kobras lose to visiting Delisle; travel to Unity this week

The Kobras play their final home game next Friday against the 1-3 Meadow Lake Spartans

Kobras lose to visiting Delisle; travel to Unity this weekKevin McBain of The Clarion The Kindersley Composite School Kobras football team dropped their latest home game to the Delisle Rebels on Friday night. Despite the 39-14 loss, head coach Tavis Lehman thought the game went pretty well. “The game was good. I think the team played well,” he said. “I think if we had…

Manitoba’s flagship university is failing students

What can be done about it?

Manitoba’s flagship university is failing studentsDear Ian Wishart, Manitoba Minister of Education and Training: As someone who has taught history at the University of Manitoba for 25 years, I’m deeply interested in learning more about your government’s plans for post-secondary education in the province. Having read both the mandate that the premier gave you on May 3, 2016, as you…

Canadians need a civics education refresher

Americans are woefully ignorant of basic government functions; Canadians aren't far behind

Canadians need a civics education refresherCivics education hasn’t been a top priority in most Canadian schools for years. While that’s hardly front page news, the bigger concern is that we understand very little about what our nation is and the foundations upon which it was built. The evidence? In December 2008, Dominion Institute/Ipsos Reid conducted a survey of 1,070 Canadians. The…

Facing up to tragedy and injustice is the first step to healing

What if your children were taken to a place far away where they would cry themselves to sleep every night?

Facing up to tragedy and injustice is the first step to healing“I am only one, but I am still one,” Helen Keller said. “I cannot do everything, but I can still do something.” In 2008, the government of Canada created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate the residential school system in Canada and to give recommendations for moving forward as a nation. The commission’s findings,…

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulated

By making free tuition available to low-income students, Ontario is making a significant investment in its economic future

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulatedOntario is spending big to provide free post-secondary education to low-income students. The program has already awarded grants to about 185,000 students this semester. That means about a third of all full-time Ontario students attending college or university have qualified for some help. Funding qualified students who couldn't otherwise afford an advanced education is meant…

Toppling the misperceptions about home-schooling

Home-schooling successes show that parents and kids can be far more responsible for decisions about their education than imagined

Toppling the misperceptions about home-schoolingBy Deani Van Pelt and Beth Green Cardus Back-to-school means different things for many of Canada’s five million school-age children. For an increasing share of students in almost every province, it means something other than attending a neighbourhood public school. Home-schooling, while still small in overall uptake – Manitoba has the highest share at 1.5…

Students harvest an educational farm experience

The annual Harvest Day included students from Elizabeth Middle, Luseland and Westcliffe Composite schools

Students harvest an educational farm experienceKenneth Brown of The Clarion A large group of students has been educated on agriculture and food security after attending the Harvest Day event at a local farm implement dealership. The annual Harvest Day was held on Sept. 14 at the Moody’s Equipment compound in Kindersley. Grade 7 students from Elizabeth Middle School were joined…

Are we wired to follow our parents’ occupational footsteps?

Does it even matter what your parents did in their work life?

Are we wired to follow our parents’ occupational footsteps?To what degree do parental occupations influence their children’s choices? Does it even matter what your parents did in their work life? And how is this playing out in the day-to-day lives of older children, especially after the death of key parental influencers? These questions have been circulating in my brain because of the realization…

Back to school, back to uncontrolled government spending

Canadian education spending facts belie misguided perceptions about public school funding

Back to school, back to uncontrolled government spendingBy Angela MacLeod and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Back to school is an expensive time for Canadian families. Whether it’s new shoes, school supplies, a bus pass or a new computer, families often take a closer look at their budgets to account for the extra spending. It’s also a good time to take a closer…

Spending on B.C. public schools up despite dwindling enrolment

Per-student spending is up, flying in the face of claims that education funding has been slashed or that B.C. schools are starved for resources

Spending on B.C. public schools up despite dwindling enrolmentBy Angela MacLeod and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Back to school is an expensive time of year for B.C. families. Whether it’s new shoes, school supplies, a bus pass or a new computer, families often take a closer look at their budgets to account for the extra spending. It’s also a good time to take…

Measuring Canada’s history and those who helped make us great

It’s a conceit of every generation that they alone are free from poor judgments, intellectual shortcomings and historical myopia

Measuring Canada’s history and those who helped make us greatShould efforts to exile Canada’s pre-eminent founder, Sir John A. Macdonald, to the scrapheap of history be allowed to succeed? No. Anger at monuments and memorials misunderstands our history and misdirects our energy. The responsibility lies not with the dead but with the living to realize further the promise of Canada. That’s why, for example,…

Making a difference one brick at a time

Local students describe their work building a school in India, and how it was life-changing for both of them

Making a difference one brick at a timeKevin McBain of The Clarion Students at Kindersley Composite School are well known for helping others at home and abroad. Grade 12 students Jillian McArthur and Colton Leismeister recently returned from a Me to We trip, during which they helped build school rooms in India. McArthur was making her third trip with Me to We…

Despite overheated claims, Alberta public schools aren’t under-funded

Even after adjusting for inflation, the government is spending substantially more per student in the province’s public schools than a decade ago

Despite overheated claims, Alberta public schools aren’t under-fundedBy Angela MacLeod and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Back to school is an expensive time of year for Albertan families. Whether it’s new shoes, school supplies, a bus pass or a new computer, families often take a closer look at their budgets to account for the extra spending. It’s also a good time to take…