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

New ways of teaching math don't pass the test

April 15, 2014 Published in the Calgary Herald. In Alberta, when it comes to math education, an unstoppable force has met an immovable object. On one side, we have the unstoppable Dr. Nhung Tran-Davies, backed up by thousands of equally frust[...]

Everything is changing -- except education fads

March 7, 2014 Published in the Calgary Herald. “Everything is changing.” So states the two-minute promotional video on the Alberta government’s Inspiring Education website. It describes the need to “prepare Alberta’s students for this unknown a[...]

Put students first when hiring substitute teachers

March 3, 2014 Published in The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) Every spring brings the predictable spate of stories about the shortage of teaching jobs for new teachers. Declining student numbers mean the problem is particularly pronounced in Nova S[...]