Education Pluralism

We 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

Toward a Warmer Climate for Ontario's Private Schools
Start Here
Derek Allison
September 4, 2014
What is Ontario going to do about its private schools? Cardus explores the need for a serious policy review in this discussion paper by Dr. Derek Allison, emeritus professor in the education faculty at Western University. "Something of a chilly climate has developed toward non-public schools in Ontario," writes Allison. This report argues to politicians, bureaucrats, and fellow citizens that both private and public education are goods that can be intertwined and made interdependent to foster a stable, orderly, and integrated society.
Needs Improvement: How Public Schools Teach about Religion
Andrew Bennett
January 26, 2022
Are students in public schools receiving the necessary formation that will support their participation in a society that is becoming increasingly diverse in religious expression? Instructing the next generations not in a religion but about religion should be a key element of Canadian education.
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.

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

Pandemic Learning Gaps Have Parents Digging Deep to Put their Kids in Private School
The Globe & Mail
June 18, 2022
Cardus research on the financial sacrifices parents make to send their kids to independent schools helps round out this The Globe and Mail article on the affordability of tuition. And our education program director, David Hunt, notes that about 8 in 10 independent schools saw "an uptick in enrolment" during the pandemic.  Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash  
Will the Next Crisis Also Shut Down In-person Schooling?
Hamilton Spectator
April 7, 2022
Before the next public health crisis hits (or the current situation gets worse), Ontario should ask some hard questions about why its education system struggled to serve students well during repeated shut-downs and why independent schools seem to have fared far better, writes Cardus researcher Joanna DeJong VanHof. Photo by YY TEOH on Unsplash
Public School Choice in Alberta is Better for Our Students and Our Society
Calgary Herald
March 14, 2022
"Allowing parents to find the best fit for their child(ren) is in the public interest," writes Cardus President and CEO Michael Van Pelt in the Calgary Herald. "These options are all part of public education. Funding them or allowing them to expand will improve public education, not undermine it."  

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