Fixing Our Schools

We should not discard educational practices merely because they are traditional. Rather, we should respect and sustain educational practices—both traditional and modern—that are proven to be successful.

Michael Supports:

Standardized testing
Clear curriculum content
Teachers as experts
School choice
Consistent discipline

Michael Opposes:

Meaningless Edu-babble
Vague curricular outcomes
Teachers as mere guides
One-size-fits-all schools
Capitulating to troublemakers

 

Watch one of Michael’s presentations (August 17, 2012), in which he debunks many of public education’s foolish fads.

Recent Articles

Knowledge is more important than ever in schools

December 10, 2014 Published in the Chronicle Herald (Halifax) Imagine that you are a fly on the wall in a faculty of education classroom or in a teachers’ professional development session. What would you hear? Chances are that you would hear[...]

Despite promises, fuzzy education agenda endures

November 14, 2014 Published in the Calgary Herald. During the Progressive Conservative leadership race, Jim Prentice said that Alberta schools needed to focus on the academic basics. He even appointed Gordon Dirks as minister of education, so[...]

Mediocrity in, mediocrity out

October 22, 2014 Published in the Winnipeg Free Press It's been two weeks since Manitoba got the bad news on its results from the Canada-wide tests of students, and I'm still waiting to hear how the provincial government thinks it can arrest th[...]