Independent Schools Should Be Encouraged, And Ontario Should Fund Them

Hamilton Spectator – November 4 2018 – Doug Sikkema & Dr. Beth Green – Far from the common misconceptions, these private schools are helping young Ontarians become more socially engaged and more generous

More than six per cent of children in Ontario are enrolled in independent (nonpublic) schools. In the 1960s, such independent school enrolments made up a mere 1.8 per cent of the student population. Six per cent might not seem like much, but the long-term trend in Ontario is a steadily increasing independent school population.

And on the face of it, increasing enrolment in the so-called elite bastions of privilege that are independent schools seems to be a clear symptom of all of our diseases.

But what if this assumption about independent schools is wrong? What if such education is good for all of us?

The recent Ontario findings in the 2018 Cardus Education Survey are helpful in clearing some of the misconceptions of independent schools. The study looks at public, separate Catholic, nonreligious independent, and independent Christian schools (both Protestant and Catholic).

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Have Your Say! Provincial Education Consultations

Open Until December 15 2018 - Register for a telephone town hall session, complete an online survey, provide an online submission - Independent school supporters are keenly interested in what is best for the education system in our province, and government representatives have repeatedly said that they want the feedback, ideas and contributions of those who support independent schools. Let’s be part of this conversation!

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January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Online OFIS is offering a 4 week webinar series aimed at assisting independent schools in developing and/or strengthening Safe School Policies & Protocols. Ensure that your school understands the most current government & legal compliance expectations in establishing best practices to keep safe in a number of key policy areas.

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Private Schools Form An Important Part Of B.C.'s School System

Vancouver Sun - October 28 2018 - Dr. Beth Green - It's about time we recognized a simple fact about B.C. education. The province's independent schools are a positive complement to public schools.

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Independent Schools Should Be Encouraged, And Ontario Should Fund Them

Hamilton Spectator - November 4 2018 - Doug Sikkema & Dr. Beth Green - Far from the common misconceptions, these private schools are helping young Ontarians become more socially engaged and more generous

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