In today's Epoch Times David Hunt reports on the latest Cardus Education report: "Individually and collectively, on almost every measure, independent-school enrolment not only enhances civic outcomes but does so more effectively than enrolment at government schools."
While government-run schools closed last spring due to the pandemic, many independent schools switched to remote learning without missing a single class. David Hunt, Cardus education program director, argues that they deserve more respect.
Given recent narratives around the “evangelical” political movement in the USA, a question arises: Do America’s Christian independent schools contribute to political polarization?
David Hunt, Cardus' Education and B.C. Director sheds light on this topic. He mentions that a bottom line derived from a recent Cardus Education Study shows that Churches and religious charities overcontribute to the common good, as do Christian schools and their graduates. Read more:
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light an important civil society institution of our country which needs re-examining: Our school system. David Hunt, Cardus’ Education and B.C. Director asks some important questions. What state is the school system in, and how, as Christians, are we to respond where it falls short?
David Hunt writes that most parents sending their children to non-governmental schools are middle class, including many public school teachers.
What do Protestant, Catholic, private, and public schooling have to do with marriage, divorce, and non-marital childbearing? AEI cites Cardus research as they break down the data around school outcomes.
The choice in schools ought to be more in the hands of parents and kids than it currently is.
David Hunt, Director of Cardus Education, joins Newstalk 1010 to talk about re-imagining what public education is.
The fact that in Canada there is a near-monopoly on schooling suggests this country isn’t as free and diverse as many of us might think, reports the Financial Post.
"[R]ecent surveys from Cardus, a think-tank, find that graduates of independent schools are more likely to volunteer and donate to charity. A recent Cardus report also noted that Ontario’s coronavirus-induced transition to learning-from-home was more efficient at independent schools. Although the province announced March 12 that its schools would close 'it was not until April 6,' according to the report, 'that teacher-led learning resumed with limited instructional support … By contrast, Ontario’s independent-school administrators and teachers worked through spring break to ensure a rapid transition with minimal educational disruption.'"
Families need a diverse range of affordable school options for their kids. David Hunt, Director of Cardus Education, joins the Danielle Smith Show and explains why.
Bill 15, the Choice in Education Act, was introduced in Alberta legislature on May 28.
"If COVID did something," notes Michael Van Pelt, president and CEO of Cardus, "it showed us that we need flexibility in educational formats and educational approaches, and the bill does that, too. I think there's lots more work to do. But we're quite satisfied with those shifts, definitely."
In 2018, Cardus produced Better is Possible, a report that found increased independent school enrolment in Alberta would help spur public school improvement and accountability.
Are homeschooling parents unqualified, or worse, dangerous?
Between the Arizona Law Review and a Harvard Magazine article, the question has catapulted into controversy. Elizabeth Bartholet, professor of law at Harvard, cited the Cardus Education Survey to assess homeschool graduate outcomes. Cardus Education Director David Hunt jumps into the conversation again on Medium.
In a recent University of Arizona Law Review article, Elizabeth Bartholet, a Harvard law professor, claims that the "homeschooling regime poses real dangers to children and to society," writes Cardus Senior Fellow David Sikkink.
"Traditional public schools continue to face imposing obstacles to achieving public purposes, especially as conceived by Bartholet. The question of schooling oversight remains, of course, but it would be short-sighted not to keep homeschooling and other creative schooling options in the mix, including the hybrid models that cross sector boundaries. In a COVID world, homeschooling may have something to teach us."
"All education is in the public interest ... Bottom line is: the public has a stake in the education of young people. As a result, education (no matter what form it's in) needs to contribute to the common good." David Hunt joined Erik Ellefsen on the Digical Education podcast to address the question of what's next in education.
The education being undertaken during the days of closed school buildings is not e-learning because it's happening electronically, nor homeschooling because it's taking place in our homes, writes Cardus Education Director David Hunt.
COVID-19 has highlighted how every person, home, family, and kid is different. "So why do we keep trying to force kids into the same, big educational mould — especially now that we have the technology and capacity to do things differently?" asks Hunt.
The current crisis sheds light on how a truly pluralistic education ecosystem benefits all, not just a few.
"Does it make much difference whether you go to a public college or a private secular college or a religious college? That's one of the many questions students and their parents have in mind when they're facing the tough decision on what the next step beyond high school ought to be."
An Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, Albert Cheng joins Paul E. Peterson on the EducationNext podcast to discuss Cheng’s new paper, which reports findings from a survey of college alumni about their experiences in higher education and afterward.
The paper, “What Do They Deliver? A Report on American Colleges and Universities,” co-written with David Sikkink, is available here.
We need to start a broader conversation about the aim of education. "It’s not just about, say, job prospects. It’s also about discerning vocation and finding formative connections on campus that affect family and community relationships after graduation," writes Cardus Senior Fellow Dr. Albert Cheng.
"The value of College has been brought into question over the past few years, and I get to do College Counseling for a profession. Therefore, I found the research that Albert Cheng, David Sikkink, and Cardus has been quite beneficial to me in thinking through the purpose, value, and outcomes of Higher Education. I specifically appreciate the conversation with Albert on the importance of gaining discernment for the opportunities in seeking a vocation and developing relationships"
"For the first time in 24 years all four major teachers unions in Ontario are on strike the same day, shutting the province’s public education system and leaving more than two million school children out of class."
Deani Van Pelt, Cardus Senior Fellow, highlights that almost 1,400 independent schools in Ontario are open today. She notes that “other provinces recognize that there can be more innovative ways to deliver education, we can do it through the independent school sector, through schools that have more autonomy, more freedom to design around different religiously defined schools, there’s just more opportunity in other provinces for diversity in education.”
As four education unions, including 200,000 teachers, go on a one-day strike, Cardus Senior Fellow and education expert Dr. Deani Van Pelt joins CTV's YourMorning to discuss how the education of the public is done not just through public schools.
One in five schools in Ontario are independent, and Dr. Van Pelt discusses how Ontario's posture towards independent schools stacks up against other major provinces.
As pressures mount over class sizes and the quality of education, Cardus Senior Fellow Deani Van Pelt joins CBC's The Current to look at why some parents are now choosing independent schools.
Deani's interview starts at 0:29:53.
Does post-secondary education play a formative role in helping students to discern their vocation and better understand their moral obligations towards others?
Dr. Albert Cheng joins the Paul Edwards Program to discuss Cardus' report on the outcomes of higher education, examining the differences between graduates from public, private non-religious, and private religious institutions.
Religious universities and colleges have distinctive non-financial graduate outcomes, Christianity Today reports. According to Cardus' new report, two-thirds of graduates from private religious colleges and universities say it is important to them to find a job that “directly helps others”—10 percentage points higher than graduates from public schools or private nonreligious schools.
"Almost all Western democracies other than the United States provide public support to parents who wish to send their children to private schools with a distinctive religious character," writes Charles L. Glenn. "Well-organized and academically effective schools that are free to promote deeply rooted convictions will inculcate the skills and virtues required for full participation as loyal citizens."
What does the data say about independent schools? The U.S. Cardus Education Survey found a strong effect of Catholic schooling on academic performance, and of Protestant schooling on civic engagement.
“Most of us assume that public education is one thing because we’ve always known it that way. Part of what I’m trying to do is to pull back from our context and just start a new kind of conversation,” says Dr. Ashely Berner, a Cardus Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. Listen in to the Faith Angle podcast as Dr. Berner explains the need for educational pluralism in the United States (and Canada, by extension).
Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President of Cardus, joins Lee Michaels on AM 980 The Mission to discuss how the education a person receives impacts their likeliness to give to charitable causes.