How will you fix the education system?
There are two issues here - “education” and the “system.” I have already addressed the system (HERE), which I believe is what creates the problems in the education of our children. We must recognize that every child learns differently, yet we have attempted to create new, theory-based (not experience-based) education systems which are then applied to all students in the province. Sometimes these methodologies are ideologically based (with the intent on creating social change activists) or systems such as discover math, whereby the only reason that 2+2=4 is that every method you use ends up with 4 being the answer, a result of subjective testing, not because 2+2 is ultimately, always, 4, objectively. What we need in education is CHOICE, hence my belief the education system, as run by the government, MUST be overhauled.
We are not able to direct our taxpayer dollars to the private school system we prefer, only the public or Catholic systems. How will you fix this?
At this time, to the best of my knowledge, when the government asks which system do you support, it does not have any effect on funding, instead indicating which school board’s trustee (public/Catholic) you will be voting for, as well as for simple polling data. The first problem is that if the voters were given the ability to fund separate funding ‘pots’, we would likely end up with an imbalance, perhaps in favour of public school, but perhaps not. Additionally, should childless individuals be able to direct funding for other individuals’ children?
A voucher system that ensures 100% of the funding follows the student to the school selected by the parent. This would permit a single ‘pot’ for all education funding wherein funding would be distributed to each school or board as is necessary and would create competition between schools to fight for students with the intent of creating the most desirable place to learn. It sets a hard line of income for a school of (1000) students that will not change, helping to prepare and implement yearly budgets.
Currently, only public and Catholic schools get funding for buildings/infrastructure, which is why there is an imbalance of funding for private schools when compared to the fully funded institutes. An argument here arises on funding non-government buildings, however we must recognize the education of the student is what is key, not the building.
My own beliefs: A $0-funding model should also be permitted, wherein the government has no control over the how or what of the education of the child, with only basic overarching goals set for when the student graduates. This is my greatest concern with full funding - government control and influence.