Too many choices in education drain the public purse but don't improve the system
Loss of vocal parents, best teachers and principals harms system further.
In the second of a five-part series for the Toronto Star, Rick Salutin argues that segregation in education is detrimental to learners, who can benefit from variety in the classroom.
"It isn't easy arguing against school choice. Let me try to make the case.
There wasn't always much choice in Toronto schools. You went to your local school, right through high school. You might take an extra language or music course. And there was the vocational 'stream'. End of choices.
Now you can be in French immersion from senior kindergarten. You can be in a gifted program or an 'alternative' school. You can choose an arts high school, among several..."
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Saving public education: The series
It's called public education, but the "public" part has never been more under threat. Tighter budgets and growing demands mean changes are likely.
In a five-part series, writer Rick Salutin examines our public school system. Where is it succeeding and where does it fall short? What are the pitfalls — and possibilities — of mimicking trends elsewhere?
A grant from the Atkinson Charitable Foundation allowed Salutin to spend several months exploring these issues in Toronto, as well as travelling to Finland and Saskatchewan.
Posted: April 28, 2011
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