Published Online: September 22, 2006

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Education in Canada Seen in Need of Improvement

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Canada's elementary and secondary education system is failing to improve because special-interest groups dominate decisionmaking processes, and governance of schools is overly centralized, concludes a report by the Fraser Institute.

Despite high levels of spending on education and a growing national concern about the system, Canadian schools are not flexible, and politics often plays too significant a role when it comes to making improvements, says the report by the think tank, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, it suggests, parents need to be more involved in decisions about schools, and educators need to focus on increasing the performance of their schools instead of complying with regulations.

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