October 19, 2017

War on choice: Study disproves Alberta NDP claims about private school funding

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

A new study out from the Fraser Institute indicates that people who choose to educate their children in independent schools earn roughly the same amount as those who choose the public system.

In fact, when you run the numbers, parents who send their kids to private schools in Alberta are actually a little worse off than those who don't.

Private education in Alberta is funded by the government at 70 per cent the rate of funding for the public system. The Alberta system gives parents choice and control, regardless of income, while saving the government money.

None of these facts jive with the persistent left wing mantra that everyone else subsidizes the educational choices of the rich.

But that hasn't stopped them from wanting to dismantle Alberta's diverse education system. The Education minister, David Eggen, has said he is going to examine the funding that private schools receive from the government.

That's code for “crack down on choice.”

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commented 2017-10-21 23:56:44 -0400
Andrew, The Nobel Prize is no longer something which is earned, see Obama’s prize for peace…. doesn’t make sense does it?!!!
commented 2017-10-20 22:59:06 -0400
- Public schools are about indoctrination into socialism not education. This is the main reason socialists hate alternatives.
commented 2017-10-20 22:24:16 -0400
You have no clue of what you are speaking about Andrew, or you believe that the government knows better how to bring up your children than you do. You would be surprised at how wide spread alternative education is, including home schooling and has been for decades. It is not new that public educated children fall behind those in an alternative setting. The stats bear it out. The public school system not only indoctrinates children into accepting post modernist, globalist agenda (which not everyone agrees with) it’s moral relativism makes public schools unsafe places for young minds and bodies.
commented 2017-10-20 14:57:34 -0400
Liza Rosie

Homeschooling is still indoctrination and no better than , although you may be hesitant to use the term for forms you agree with.

At least in the public system teachers have backgrounds in that which they teach. There’s a reason why homeschooled Nobel winners are so infrequent.
commented 2017-10-20 14:02:12 -0400
It is no longer safe to send your kid to public school.
Those who don’t want to allow alternative education either have UNION agenda and or post modernist, neo marxist, globalist agenda. For the survival of the country, and society as a whole, you had better get the pervy claws of the government off your children. Besides it is the responsibility of adults to protect children, lets start doing it instead of throwing them to the wolves.
The government will attempt to make Homeschooling illegal, but for now it is still your right. If we allow them to take control of our children, it is game over.
commented 2017-10-20 12:11:33 -0400
I wouldn’t trust that Eggen with showing my dog a new trick. He’s a pinko (like all Ndp) and nothing more. The Catholic school board gave my kids a brilliant education, something I could relate to, as a parent. There were no unicorn stories and a mild amount of political correctness. At that time, the emphasis was on the curriculum tests done provincially and how well our board could do. That emphasis on those core subjects benefitted kids all over Alberta.
commented 2017-10-20 02:22:44 -0400
Question for the marxist progressives and the commie admiring lemmings-If your system is so great and all about power to the people , then why are you the ones who dictate and legislate so much and have to force people to participate more than nay other system? It is not about THE PEOPLE if it just the will of a few elitist megalomaniacs?
commented 2017-10-20 02:19:13 -0400
Eggen seems to forget that under commies like him they are called RE-EDUCATION centers , not Schools.
commented 2017-10-19 21:47:25 -0400
David Eggen is a communist piece of garbage and I look forward to the day when he achives his destiny as a useless bump-on-a-log, sitting on the opposition side.
That is, if he is lucky enough to be re-elected.
commented 2017-10-19 21:35:27 -0400
We home-schooled our two children, one right through high school, on a pastor’s salary of $40-50,000. We had one car and not a lot of luxury. We kept that up even when I went back to teaching in the public school system (naturally a big increase in salary), which initially raised the eyebrows of many teachers on my staff. However, after explaining to them, patiently, one-on-one, what it was all about, what the benefits were, and why we did it, we gained a lot of support from the same staff members. Some even wished that they could do that, but none ever did.

But I would agree with you, Bravo Zulu, that the public system is not to be trusted and that home-schooling is definitely the way to go. The benefits are enormous.
commented 2017-10-19 21:12:36 -0400
WE put our boy through a private school after 2 disastrous events in the public system, and we never regretted it. He just had a great freshman year at an engineering collage because he was prepped for it with all needed credits while many of his classmates have to take make up classes in Math, English and Science.
commented 2017-10-19 20:51:41 -0400
The public education system is to not be trusted.

That is why home schooling is growing as it is.
commented 2017-10-19 18:58:36 -0400
Good report, the socialist public education monopoly is, first, about unionized public sector jobs and, second, about indoctrination. Never about education.

However, a story about the regressive left hypocrisy. I have, I still hope, a Laurentian friend who I met while he was visiting the colonies for work. We used to have long runs together arguing then carry on arguing after the run over scotch. They moved back about 25 years ago but came out to the colonies for a visit just after Harper was elected with a majority. My friend’s wife, a public teacher in Ottawa in the school where one of the Harper children was zoned to attend, was complaining because Mrs. Harper had researched and found a public school with an immersion programme she preferred, and petitioned to move the kid there which, as Ms. G-R points out is standard practice in Alberta. So my friend’s wife was up in arms that Mrs. Harper had not selected the zoned public school. I pointed out that it was ironic that a public school teacher was complaining about a PM’s wife who was looking for the better programme in the public system and finding it rather than going to the well established Ottawa elite private system. So we all went to another scotch.

By the way, friend laughed when I said he was visiting the colonies.
commented 2017-10-19 18:49:28 -0400
Congratulations Sheila, another myth busted!