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

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.
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?

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

Matching students and schools by religion improves academic outcomes
The Hub
January 14, 2022
"The faith-matched group in my data exhibited standardized test scores in the range of five to eight percentage points better than the unmatched students," Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk tells The Hub. Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash
Private school students excluded from rapid testing program
Hamilton Spectator
December 3, 2021
Cardus Senior Fellow Deani Van Pelt writes an op-ed in The Hamilton Spectator about the Ontario government's new rapid testing program which will provide rapid antigen testing kits to students in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks after the holidays. The program, however, does not include students in independent schools, which Van Pelt says creates an illogical and discriminatory divide among Ontario students. Photo by Medakit Ltd on Unsplash   
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." 

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