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Media Availability: Major Study on Private Education Outcomes


HAMILTON, September 21, 2012—Ray Pennings, director of research at Cardus, and David Sikkink, a renowned sociologist from the University of Notre Dame, will be available between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to answer questions about the Cardus Education Survey, a major study showing Canadians educated at privately-funded schools out perform their government-funded peers in key areas of citizenship and civic participation.

The report release and media availability will take place at the Holiday Inn Select, in the Cabinet Room, at Pearson International Airport: 970 Dixon Road, Toronto Ontario.

Mr. Pennings and Dr. Sikkink were part of the multi-disciplinary team that studied the citizenship attributes of 2,000 Canadians aged 24-39.

The survey, conducted in March 2012 by Angus Reid’s Vision Critical group, found that graduates of the range of non-government schools are more likely than their government-school counterparts to volunteer, to be actively engaged in neighborhood and community groups, to participate in grassroots movements especially around environmental issues, and to have stronger families.

“If we use the standards for citizenship outcomes found in most provincial education acts across the country, we find that the various non-government schools—separate Catholic, independent Catholic, independent non-religious, Evangelical Protestant, and religious home schooling—produce a higher proportion of graduates who meet or exceed those benchmarks than do government-schools,” says Mr. Pennings.

“It’s clear from the findings that so-called private schools make a significant contribution to the public good,” he added.

If you have questions, or wish to arrange interviews with Ray Pennings and David Sikkink, please call Kathryn de Ruijter at 888-339-8866 ext. 30.

What: Cardus Education Survey 2012 release

Who: Ray Pennings, Cardus director of research and David Sikkink, University of Notre Dame

When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. September 26, 2012

Where: Holiday Inn Select at Pearson International Airport: 970 Dixon Road, Toronto Ontario.

Contact: Kathryn de Ruijter, 888-3339-8866 ext. 30.