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AIMS has established itself as one of Canada’s leading centres for research on education policy. Our research on education policy is centred on two major themes: Increasing accountability in public educational institutions and providing information for parents and students about how well their schools are performing and identifying and researching policy options that expand educational choices and remove the barriers that trap students in failing institutions – parents and students deserve more than one educational choice.

The Institute’s research program in the education and training policy file has not only elevated the discourse in a number of areas, but our AIMS pioneering research on evaluating the quality of education has helped to introduce more accountability and transparency in the region’s elementary and secondary education systems. AIMS “School Report Cards” have been a focal point for our high-impact, policy-relevant research and commentary.

POLICY PAPERS & OP-ED COMMENTARIES

 

Improve teacher working conditions by dumping bad ideas

By MICHAEL ZWAAGSTRA (AIMS Fellow) • The Telegram, 15 February 2017 • Troy Media, 16 February 2017 • Charlottetown Guardian, 01 March 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador teachers are stressed. In a recent presentation to the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Education Outcomes, the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association presented compelling ...
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/ / Commentary, Education

Education in 2016: Antsy students, teacher misconduct and math scores

By PAUL W. BENNETT (AIMS Author) • Troy Media, 03 January 2017 Schools across Canada went to great lengths in 2016 to re-engage fidgety students in what may be known as the Year of Self-Regulation. Coping with today’s restless kids requires every conceivable pacifier, including spin bikes, exercise balls, wiggle ...
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/ / Beacon, Commentary, Education

New Brunswick school transportation sputtering

By PAUL BENNETT (AIMS Author) • Troy Media, 22 November 2016 Almost two years after the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) report Education on Wheels was released, New Brunswick decision-makers are still spinning their wheels. Few among the New Brunswick political class noticed that our report, released in January ...
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/ / Commentary, Education

There’s no critical thinking without a base of knowledge

By MICHAEL ZWAAGSTRA (AIMS Fellow) • Troy Media, 18 November 2016 The recent presidential election campaign was one of the worst in U.S. history. As the two candidates slugged it out, neither showed much interest in intelligent engagement. In many ways, it was a campaign of ignorance. Fortunately, there is ...
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/ / Commentary, Education

Holding line on P.E.I.’s education spending

By JACKSON DOUGHART (Policy Analyst) and JOHN WILLIAMSON (Vice President of Research) • Charlottetown Guardian, 19 Sep 2016 For provincial governments, controlling spending requires discipline. But the payoff is more efficient social programs, a better public sector and a stronger economy with more people working. One avenue of uncontrolled spending ...
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MEDIA MENTIONS

 

Mention of “E-Learning in K-12 Schools”

In OL Daily, Stephen Downes writes that "E-Learning in K-12 Schools" "captures some of the major problems with the approach in Atlantic Canada, especially the top-down provincially-based organization and management." ...
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Report says NB schools stuck in past when it comes to e-learning

Canadian Press writer reports on Paul Bennett’s policy paper for AIMS, entitled “E-Learning in K-12 Schools: The Prospects for Disruptive Innovation.” The paper details Atlantic Canada's lethargy in e-learning reform. Read ...
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Atlantic Canadian schools falling behind on e-learning: report

Halifax's Chronicle Herald reports on Paul Bennett's policy paper, entitled "E-Learning in K-12 Schools: The Prospects for Disruptive Innovation," which contends that the Atlantic provinces have lost the e-learning initiative ...
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e-Learning in K-12 Schools

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) today released a report about how school systems in Atlantic Canada are slow to adopt to changing teaching methods and are falling behind ...
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