The referendum’s over, but where does the Wheat Board go to retrieve its honour? Its interference in the process demonstrates again that it is a renegade agency willing to use the people’s money to engage in special pleading.
When the Consumers’ Association and publicly owned auto insurance monopolies tell the public that model delivers lower premiums, they are spreading misinformation. Private companies do offer competitive rates.
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 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.
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.
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.
Current methods of certifying teachers are not able to meet coming shortages. An alternative certification pioneered in New Jersey offers a way out.
If we adopted a clear-headed, results-oriented philosophy of education „Ÿ and embarked in a consequent manner on the reform of standards, finances and administration „Ÿ we could create the strongest public school system in the country. Instead of the province which spends the largest percentage of GDP on schools, Manitoba would become renowned as the province that achieved the best results.
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.