Rodney Clifton

Bill 35 Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Bill 35 Doesn’t Go Far Enough

  In a recent op-ed (Winnipeg Free Press, May 2, A7), my colleague from the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, John Wiens, argued that Bill 35, The Education Administration Amendment Act, goes too far. He claims that “it begins to look like just one...

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Transformers: More than Meets the Eye

The path to net zero, based on the much disputed belief that carbon dioxide is a pollution, is more steep and impractical than most people realize. Replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity will require much more power generation and a greatly upgraded grid to...

Don’t Slam the Door on Bill 64

Don’t Slam the Door on Bill 64

Country singer Kenny Chesney’s lyric “Everybody want to go heaven, but nobody want to go now” is perhaps an apt metaphor for the current debate over Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act. Everybody knows that Manitoba students underperform academically, but when...

Bill 64 Won’t Destroy Public Education

Bill 64 Won’t Destroy Public Education

Manitoba’s public education is about to undergo its biggest overhaul in more than 60 years. Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act, will see to that. Not surprisingly, this bill has attracted the ire of several unions, politicians and journalists. The Manitoba...

Homeschooling is an Option

Homeschooling is an Option

Many parents are frustrated by the limited educational choices their children have right now.  For example, a recent article in the Calgary Herald  (Ferguson, “Parents regretting in-person classes with no options to go online”), suggests that parents are concerned...