One of the side conversations that I had on my recent trip to Halifax had to do with the control of public education. Our discussion quickly focused on the reality that, with every newly-elected government, policy can suddenly shift, leaving educators at all levels of the system scrambling to implement the new procedures and protocols that are bound to follow.
So over the next couple of days, I would like to engage in some thinking about alternatives. I realize that governments are responsible for collecting and distributing most of the funding received for public education in Canada, but does that mean that elected officials should be the ones to control education policy? After all, the funding we’re talking about comes from the citizenry and, therefore, belongs to the citizenry.
Yet it seems that, more and more, the business of education has become the political “gameball” of whatever party happens to be in power.
Does this work? Are you satisfied with this model? Can you imagine alternatives?