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?
A local academic recently claimed that the profit motive “has become the sole cost driver in Medicare.” He said that Canada’s basic healthcare system costs the same as it did in 1971 and attributed increases in spending since to “the private system we have no control over”, namely drug companies, and private clinics.
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.
Dr. Lawrence Reed is an economist and president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Michigan’s most influential think tank. Michigan Governor John Engler and many of his administration’s officials have cited the work of the Mackinac Center as the source of the ideas that revived their state’s economy.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan are losing brainpower workers to other parts of the country because their taxes are too high.
Anti-poverty groups received a jolt early in October, when they woke up to this headline: “Only 6% of Canadians are poor, UN finds.”
Mass production is starting to give way to mass customization thanks to information age technology. That is good news for consumers, since a wide variety of goods and services increases the chance consumers will find products that meet their individual requirements.