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Improve teacher working conditions by dumping bad ideas

By | February 15th, 2017|Commentary|

By MICHAEL ZWAAGSTRA (AIMS Fellow) • The Telegram, 15 February 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 data, both scientific and anecdotal, showing that the working conditions for classroom teachers are not good. Teachers [...]

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

By | January 3rd, 2017|Beacon, Commentary|

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 stools and standup desks. That’s [...]

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New Brunswick school transportation sputtering

By | November 20th, 2016|Commentary|

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 2015, was subtitled Seizing Cost [...]

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There’s no critical thinking without a base of knowledge

By | November 18th, 2016|Commentary|

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 a remedy for ignorance – [...]

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

By | September 19th, 2016|Commentary|

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 is education. A new report, [...]

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Education spending in New Brunswick gets an F

By | September 14th, 2016|Commentary|

By JOHN WILLIAMSON (Vice President of Research) • Telegraph-Journal, 14 Sep 2016 The New Brunswick government released its budget update two weeks ago. The picture isn’t pretty. The province will borrow more money because expenditures increased faster than anticipated. Once again, we are reminded the government has a spending problem. Since 2005, New Brunswick’s program [...]

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Memorization, practice and critical thinking go hand-in-hand

By | August 30th, 2016|Commentary|

By Michael Zwaagstra, AIMS Education Fellow Michael Zwaagstra discusses recent literature from the department of education in New Brunswick, which professes to make critical thinking and 21st century skills "embedded in expectations for students." To succeed, Zwaagsta argues, they strengthen traditional learning methods such a memorization, giving students a strong basis of knowledge. Read this [...]

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New Brunswick failing on trade, natural resources

By | June 9th, 2016|Commentary|

Vice President of Research John Williamson writes that bad economic policies in New Brunswick gives one the impression that its government has stopped trying to reverse the province's woes. Banning hydraulic fracking, maintaining protectionist measures on alcohol, and inadequate education are mixing with outmigration to produce an economic death spiral. This article appeared in the [...]

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The Beacon – May 21, 2016 (Vol XXII, No. 11)

By | May 20th, 2016|Newsletters|

The Beacon - May 21, 2016 | Vol XXII, No. 11 The Bennett Education Paper     Last week, we were delighted to publish Paul Bennett's policy paper, "E-Learning in K-12 Schools," which reviews many of the deficiencies in e-learning innovation and experimentation in Atlantic Canada. His paper has been well-discussed and circulated. Please take a look [...]

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Good teachers matter most

By | May 20th, 2016|Commentary|

In the Charlottetown Guardian, AIMS Education Fellow Michael Zwaagstra responds to MLA Sidney MacEwen's push for smaller class sizes. The evidence-based education research, he argues, does not support expensive efforts to reduce class sizes. A far better strategy for improving outcomes is to focus on improving instruction skill from teachers. Read the full article on [...]

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