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ERIC Number: EJ840569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
An Update on School Choice in Canada
Holmes, Mark
Journal of School Choice, v2 n2 p199-205 2008
This article gives an update on school choice in Canada. Currently, school choice in Canada is stable. Provincialism, in both senses of the word, is a major factor in Canadian political life. There is no contradiction between Ontario's recent electoral rejection of the extension of funding to non-Catholic religious schools, and the strong support for extensive school choice in urban Alberta. The liberal and politically correct political culture of urban Ontario differs from the more individualized and market-driven culture represented by Edmonton and Calgary. Quebec is both more autonomous than any American state, and more culturally distinct, even as its desire for legal separation (with its attendant loss of Alberta's equalization subsidy) dissipates. The movement to Catholic public schools and to independent schools (in three provinces) appears to have reached a plateau. The apparent academic and cultural advantage of Catholic schools may be offset by Canada's rapid secularization. There are financial limits (in families) to the growth of independent schools, accentuated by the growth of single-parent households. Equally important, parental desire for better education for their children, as distinct from higher grades, may be reduced in the majority of provinces, including Ontario, where there is no external testing for university admission, which is therefore determined by arbitrary school assessments. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada