Canada ranks 4th in the OECD (compared to the US at 18th place) when it
comes to a lengthy study of 15-year olds' academic capabilities. I
believe our secret is twofold: 1) standardized testing; and 2)
accountability by the principals and school boards to the parents.
Principals are used to preparing "state of the school" addresses to
defend their school's performance to parents. But we tend to have a
somewhat more homogeneous and centrally organized curriculum standards
approach. The one fly in the ointment is that rural students fair much
4th place isn't good enough, given that the UN has for the past 4 out of
5 years placed Canada as the number 1 place to live, when all social,
political and financial factors are concerned.
Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he
will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill
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