Do PATs work?

In a recent editorial, the Rocky View Weekly called for more innovative testing instruments, suggesting that the current Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) are old-fashioned and do not effectively measure student progress. You... Read more
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AB Ed Report - How are we doing?

Alberta Education recently put out a report, measuring the progress of the province's education system and of individual boards in areas such as achievement test results, parental involvement, and dropout rates. You... Read more
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Politics in the Classroom

Sun News is reporting that the BC Teacher's Federation has put out a new lesson plan which involves presenting one side (and only one side) of the debate about the Northern Gateway... Read more
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Gay School

A former student trustee in Toronto has recently proposed that the Toronto District School Board create a gay-centric school in Toronto. The school would be open to all, but would focus specifically... Read more
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'Free Schools' Growing in US and UK

Evidence from the United States and the United Kingdom shows that giving schools more independence and flexibility can significantly increase their effectiveness. As explained in this Economist article (at the bottom of... Read more
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Some Good Advice from Brian Lilley on why School Boards Matter

This is a great clip from Brian Lilley about the importance of being involved in local school board politics. Often people spend so much of their time paying attention to the 'big... Read more
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Online Universities?

Parents for Choice in Education supports the increasing availability of distance learning, because the ability to take a course from somewhere far away over the internet means more options and more choice.... Read more
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Cardus Report Identifies the Value of 'Non-Government Schools'

A recent report put out by a great Canadian think tank called Cardus studies the contribution made to education in Canada by so-called 'non-government schools'. The report uses this term to describe... Read more
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Should a Catholic school have a Muslim prayer room?

The move by one Ontario Catholic school to have a Muslim prayer room is causing a lot of controversy. Many Ontario Catholics are concerned about how recent government decisions are diluting the... Read more
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What is a Charter School?

Global recently did a great feature about Charter Schools. You can find it here: http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/charter+schools+offer+more+variety+within+alberta+education/6442710765/story.html. As the article notes, Alberta is the only province to allow Charter schools. In other provinces, this... Read more
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