The Fraser Institute has released a report to questions whether or not Ontario is doing enough to offer parents enough choice in where they send their offspring to school.
Study author Derek J. Allison says that “other provinces in Canada recognize the benefits of offering diverse education options – alternative schools that emphasize a specific teaching philosophy, particular language, culture, subject-matter or religion. Unfortunately, in Ontario those choices aren’t available to everyone.”
The study suggests that alternative schools need to be created in communities based on the needs of parents.
Also, families should be given greater access to different schools. Many parents have complained that current school boundaries mean their children are destined to go to a predetermined school, instead of another one in the area that would best fit their needs. Many have tried transferring their kids to another school, without success.
Have you tried transferring one of your kids to another school without success? How much freedom of choice should parents have? What happens when an overwhelming number of parents try transferring their children to a highly ranked school in next town over, instead of the local school?
Two-thirds of OECD countries allow parents to choose where to send their children, so why hasn’t Ontario followed suit?
Read the whole report HERE in the National Post.