By Paul Bennett (AIMS Author)
- The Chronicle Herald, 20 November 2018
This is part of a series on education in the Halifax Regional Municipality:
Where you live can influence greatly the educational outcomes of your children. Some education observers go so far as to say: “The quality of education is determined by your postal code.” In school systems with strict student attendance zones, it is, for all intents and purposes, the iron law of public education.
Not to say your mailing address and which school your child goes to determines all. Students, whatever their background, can overcome significant disadvantages. Former U.S. president Barack Obama, for one, urged parents to empower children rather than encourage excuses.
With schools, as with children, there is a fine line between identifying those struggling and labelling them. “We identify schools and where they are on the improvement journey,” says Elwin LeRoux, executive director of the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. “Yet we are careful not to ‘label’ some schools in ways that may carry negative connotations and influence student attitudes.”