Education Pluralism

We humbly suggest:

  • The independent school sector is an important contributor to the public good in Canada. It should receive the appropriate government and public support.
  • Educational pluralism should be encouraged.
  • Canadian parents should be able to choose the type of school (including homeschooling) that they believe is best for their children.

Supporting Research

Pandemic Response: How Christian Independent Schools Responded to a Year of COVID-19
Paul Marcus, Nicole Brouwer, Deani Van Pelt, Tena Boven, David Hunt
August 20, 2021
This report explores how learning continued in Ontario’s independent schools during the continuous and disruptive school closures of the 2020–21 school year. It also investigates the financial, promotional, and business impact of these disruptions.
Good Schools, Good Citizens
Ashley Berner
June 30, 2021
The heart of democratic education lies in preparing the next generation to join the community of citizens. Indeed, state-funded public education developed out of the imperative to inculcate the civic knowledge, skills, and attachment necessary for democratic governance. But what is the role of independent schools in the process of civic formation and social cohesion? Do they help or hinder the development of democratic citizenship? What oversight should governments exercise over them? And should governments fund such schools as part of public education writ large?
Exit Covid: What have we learned, and where should Canada be focusing post-pandemic?
Robert Joustra
June 22, 2021
Imagine Canada like a car: we’ve just had the rare experience of smashing our economy, culture, and society into a brick wall at high speed—whether through the disease itself or our response to it. And like crash-test engineers, we now have to perform the analysis. What did we learn? How did we fare? What performed better than expected, and what worse? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?

Explorations

Leading Courageously, Renewing Hope: Converge 2022
March 8, 2022
Imagine a room full of over 1,200 Christian education leaders from around the world? Now, imagine this near a beach in sunny Southern California in early March? Cardus and eleven other organizations across the globe will descend on San Diego to bring Converge 2022 to life. Join us for a week of 50+ TED talks, panels, workshops, and most especially, connecting with fellow Christian education leaders – in-person!
Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
From Pandemic Pivot to Exit (Cardus Education Event)
June 10, 2021
How did independent schools successfully respond to lockdowns and the pandemic? As we look to exit COVID, what can all schools learn from their pivot? Join us and a panel of experts for an encouraging and hope-filled discussion, based on Cardus’ latest research.

Media Coverage

Independent Schools Have an Advantage in Forming Good Citizens
The Epoch Times
July 2, 2021
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." 
Hunt: Independent schools left out of Ontario's COVID support
Ottawa Citizen
April 1, 2021
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.
Do Christian Schools Contribute to Political Polarization?
CACE
February 23, 2021
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:

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