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  • Religion's Perception Gap

    Peter Stockland with Ray Pennings

    With today's release of the fourth major Angus Reid Institute polls on the state of religion in Canada, Cardus Executive Vice-President Ray Pennings says the biggest identifiable gap is between Canadians' positive lived experiences of faith and their negative perceptions arising from narratives about spiritual belief. 

  • Distinctly Quebec Education

    Beth Green

    Analyzing data from the Cardus Education Survey, program director Beth Green fills Convivium readers in on the “distinct, positive advantages” of religious schools in Quebec. Find the link to the original research in the article. 

  • Perpetuating Homeschool Myths

    Ray Pennings

    Homeschooling is back in the news, but as usual, the tone of the coverage is negative. I suspect that’s due, in large measure, to journalists simply being unaware of what a wealth of research has shown about the value of homeschooling. Allow me to explain by pointing out two recent media reports.

  • Before We Write Off "Private" Schools

    Brian Harskamp

    Dear Mr. Quinn, My name is Brian Harskamp and I am one of the kids who benefited from the annual $358 million “subsidy” for private schools you mentioned in your recent Globe and Mail column “Vancouver public schools face closure, yet we fund private school education.” I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself.

  • This is no time to turn the clock back for education in Alberta

    Beth Green

    It’s a paradox of politics when one of Canada’s self-identified progressive governments risks a major regressive step in preparing our children for the future. Nor is the conundrum of Alberta’s NDP government debating dismantling its highly innovative choice-based education system baffling only to Canadian pedagogues.

  • Challenging Trinity Western University: When the Law is Inconvenient

    Albertos Polizogopoulos

    I was in Halifax last week for the appeal hearing on Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society v. Trinity Western University et al. The hearing, which went from Wednesday through to Friday, included three main parties, ten interveners, five Court of Appeal judges and twenty lawyers. The combined hourly rate for all lawyers attending was, I suspect, between $7,000 and $10,000 per hour.

  • Time for a national conversation on parental choice in education

    Beth Green and Ben Woodfinden

    Written by Beth Green (Cardus Program Director, Education), and Ben Woodfinden. Parents and children should be at the heart of education, not teachers or cumbersome regulation. National School Choice Week, spearheaded by our neighbour to the south, offers a chance to highlight examples of school diversity already on offer in Canada’s provinces and to renew the call for a national conversation on parental choice.

  • A School and a Church at the Heart of a City

    Beth Green

    What is it that makes a city? Judging by the ones I’ve visited lately—London, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Sydney—it is global finance and skyscrapers. When people show off their cities to you, they might often take you to a glamourous, redeveloped dockland and nod in the direction of a historic building such as a cathedral. But they are unlikely to show you a school.

  • The Conversation: Law, Loyola and the Common Good

    Paul Donovan with Peter Stockland

    Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada declared the government of Quebec had breached the religious freedom of Loyola High School, a private Jesuit institution in Montreal. Paul Donovan, who led the seven-year legal battle as Loyola's principal and who became its president in April, spoke with Convivium publisher Peter Stockland about the implications of the decision for Canada's faith in common life. .

  • Are Private School Students Just Privileged?

    Naomi Biesheuvel

    StatsCan released a report on Tuesday which says that the reason for the higher performance overall of private school students has much more to do with their socioeconomic status than with the schools themselves. I asked Cardus Education's program director, Beth Green, about these findings.

  • School Choices

    Ray Pennings

    It’s School Choice Week. In North America, the terms “education” and “public education system” get treated as though they mean the same thing. When we remind people that education is bigger than the public system, it changes the conversation in a big way. Reframing our concerns opens up the options and suggests that a variety of parties—associations, providers, schools, and, even more importantly, families—have a stake in education.

  • Three Assumptions Not to Make About Education

    Ray Pennings

    In Ontario, the education debate has been crippled by certain assumptions that might be toppled by a closer examination of the issues at hand. These assumptions were brought to mind by the Fraser Institute's analysis last month that adopting the B.C. model of education financing would provide greater value to the Ontario taxpayer.

  • Strong Communities, Strong Educations

    Caleb Heerema

    An interesting part of Cardus*U is attending weekly workshops animated by high-profile guests. This past week's session on strategic planning for creating sustainable, significant change was led by Peter O'Donnell, founder and president of Healthy Futures Group. I was surprised by his story of the Regent Park neighbourhood and how much it reminded me of one of my favourite movies.

  • Solutions to the education dispute in British Columbia

    Ray Sawatsky

    The government and the BC Teachers Federation (union) are at an impasse, according to veteran mediator Vince Ready. The problem in BC reflects a growing divide between public sector unions—who increasing view themselves as pseudo political parties (in some cases equivalent to the official opposition)—and the governments they oppose.

  • What's all the fuss about Trinity Western University?

    Janet Epp Buckingham

    "Not again!" That's all I could think when I started getting emails a few weeks ago that there was a new campaign against accreditation of TWU's law school. A group of us at Trinity Western started working in earnest on a proposal for a law school over five years ago. We visited American Christian law schools.

  • God's Preferential Option for Public Schools? Some Questions

    James K.A. Smith

    The "justice generation" has a new target, and a new badge of honour. The target of their criticism is Christian schools, or more specifically, parents who send their children to Christian schools. And their new badge of honour is their own decision to send their children to public schools—preferably the poorest public schools in the core city.

  • Private Schools and Public Good

    Hubert Krygsman

    Whether intended tongue-in-cheek or not, Allison Benedikt's article in Slate magazine, entitled "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You are a Bad Person" has generated much stimulating—and sometimes fruitful—discussion. Using it as a heuristic tool for further reflection, one of its benefits is that it helps to expose a fundamental confusion inherent in suggesting a "public vs.

  • What Kind of Teachers Do We Want?

    Ray Sawatsky

    Our kids are heading (back) to school. Across provinces and states, parents are once again delegating, for a time, a portion of their educational duties to teachers of all stripes and persuasions. What kind of teachers do we want our children to learn from?

  • Bright Days Ahead for Faith-Based Universities?

    Ray Pennings

    It's a traditional path, rich and straightforward. Our university education is about us: our positioning, our prospects, our increased earning power. But if we set our gaze a little further, to measure broader social outcomes—is the traditional university still the best path?

  • Private Schools, Public Education

    Ray Pennings

    "A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats," argues the Cardus Education Survey 2012 report released last week. The graduate data from non-government school sectors in Canada are evidence that public education—education in the public interest and for the common good—is also being provided outside of the publicly funded education system.

  • Sick Schools, Sick Students, Sick State

    Brian Dijkema

    There is an illness plaguing our public school systems. And like a runny nose in a kindergarten class, it spreads quickly. When public schools become sick, it's usually not too long before the whole nation becomes sick. The whole sad debacle unfolding in Nova Scotia is like a giant sneeze in the kindergarten song circle.