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

Lessons for Ontario: Education Diversity Across Canada
Beth Green, Stephanie Schoenhoff
November 19, 2015
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

The Lost Common Good of Education
Convivium
Joe Woodard
August 28, 2020
As parents send their kids back to school plagued by the new peril of COVID-19, Joe Woodard argues the real classroom risk remains an outmoded pedagogical revolution that turned education against its true nature.
Sticking Up for Christian Schooling
Convivium
Peter Stockland
October 9, 2019
Convivium’s Peter Stockland checks out the innovative independent school in rural Eastern Ontario that was denied a chance to pay top dollar for an empty public school building.
Are Even Secular Schools Sacred?
Convivium
Raymond J. de Souza
September 26, 2019
Father Raymond de Souza wonders what spirit moves the public board of education in Brockville, Ontario to block an empty building’s sale to a private religious group.

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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