For undergraduate education to improve, universities will have to prioritize teaching undergraduate students, says AIMS Fellow Rodney Clifton.
University of Manitoba Professor Emeritus Rod Clifton examines the cost of public education in the provinces and territories from 1999 to 2011, showing that the cost disease has infected it–albeit at different rates.
There are three approaches to achieving an effective education system. The traditional approach involves centralized regulation and micro-management. The spending approach involves increasing spending to lower class size and raise teacher salaries. In contrast to these unsuccessful methods is the reformist approach, which involves decentralizing control of the product to the school level, rewarding teacher performance and holding principals responsible for outcomes. The reformist model is on the ascendancy on both the right and the left in the United States. In this article, Rod Clifton, Professor of Sociology of Education at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, argues that Canada can keep good teachers and principals by considering the new approach as well.