Public education is the key to a fair and prosperous society, and the backbone of a thriving democracy. A strong public education system today ensures that the next generation is ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.
Public education creates opportunity — for everyone
Fairness, access, inclusion, and opportunity. The Canada we want is built on public education.
For millions of children, public education is their first and best chance for long-term success, in school and in life.
Public education offers every child — no matter their family’s income, their birthplace, their ethnicity, race, learning needs, or interests — an education that will prepare them to succeed, economically and socially.
Public education is the keystone of a thriving democracy.
The goals of the public education system are to:
- Give every child an equitable chance for success in school and in life
- Prepare the next generation to be productive members of society, and to live civically engaged lives
- Build a society that values the wellbeing of all its members
We asked students, educators, parents, and researchers to answer the question "Why public education?" Here is what they had to say.
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Public education at home and around the world
Canada has been called an “education superpower.” Students in Canada’s public education system rank in the top 10 on international reading, writing, mathematics, and science tests. But public education needs to continually innovate and evolve to respond to the world’s challenges and opportunities.
A study from the OECD explores the myth of the “private school advantage.”
An opinion piece by the head of the American School Boards’ Association.
Annie Kidder talks about Canada's education success.
This Regina Leader Post op-ed argues that public education goes well beyond individual academic achievement.
David Brooks argues that our education systems have gone awry in their focus on individual success.