Fellow in Common Sense Education

Michael Zwaagstra

Michael Zwaagstra is a public high school teacher, education researcher, and author. He has extensive teaching experience at a variety of grade levels and currently teaches high school social studies in Manitoba. He received his B.Ed., P.B.C.E., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Manitoba where he won several academic awards including the A. W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarship, the Klieforth Prize in American History, and the Schoolmaster’s Wives Association Scholarship.

As an educator, Michael is a strong proponent of raising academic standards, holding schools accountable for their results, and expanding the educational options available to parents. He conducts  policy research on education issues for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. His research has addressed topics such as standardized testing, teaching methods, school choice, and teachers’ unions.

His columns promoting common sense education reform have been published in major daily newspapers including the National Post, Globe and Mail, and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. He is also a frequent guest on radio stations across the country. His first book, What’s Wrong with Our Schools and How We Can Fix Them (co-authored with Rod Clifton and John Long), was released in 2010
Find out about his book here: What’s Wrong With Our Schools (And How We Can Fix Them), 2010.