Canadian Policy

Private Property Rights on Reserves

According to a recent Globe and Mail article:

“The Conservative government will introduce legislation that would allow first nations members living on reserve to own their property, a radical change that aims to spur economic development in native communities that choose to embrace the new law ….

Hiring Teachers

Over the last several years, social science research on educational success has been coalescing around one indisputable fact.  If you control for socio-economic factors, the most important influence on student success is the quality of the teacher.

Recently, a friend of mine, who is a vice-principal at a middle school in downtown Toronto, mentioned that although a majority of new teachers they hire every year succeed in the classroom, a significant number do not.

Part of the problem, apparently, is the interview process.