This paper will examine the question of standards testing in public schools. What is its purpose? Are standards tests an effective and acceptable tool for measuring public school performance? Should we keep them or discard them?
Teachers’ unions have traditionally opposed the idea of school choice, which they see as a direct threat to our system of universal primary and secondary education.
Locally elected school boards have occupied centre stage in the provision of education in Canada from the inception of public schools. But are they really necessary?
Although it is the Manitoba blue print for educational reform, is the result of the larger educational reform movement which is occurring throughout North America. This reform movement is being driven by forces which are outside the educational system.
It’s election time in Manitoba and the Filmon Tories have made vague promises to increase spending on education. Public education, thus, maintains its sacred cow status even with the tax-cutting Conservatives.
Our one-size-fits-all public school model is in trouble.
The method we use to fund public schools continues to create controversy, and public commentary about it continues to add confusion to the debate.