Vancouver Sun – October 28 2018 – Dr. Beth Green – It’s about time we recognized a simple fact about B.C. education. The province’s independent schools are a positive complement to public schools.
We can now confidently say that B.C.¡¯s independent school graduates cultivate diverse social ties, are active and engaged members of their communities, are committed to the well-being of their neighbours and are ready to give of both time and resources. And, as a bonus, they generally look back on their high school days positively. It so happens they also feel more strongly than public school grads do that they¡¯re prepared to face real life.
This more complete look at provincial school outcomes comes thanks to the newly published?B.C. findings of the 2018 Cardus Education Survey. It compares B.C.¡¯s public school graduates to grads from Catholic, Evangelical Protestant and non-religious independent schools. Controlling for things like family background and income, we¡¯re able to isolate the effect that schools have on students. The results are telling.
The findings are clear. Independent schools are a productive and positive part of the B.C. education system, educating more than one in 10 students. Independent enrolment continues to grow, providing the province with a cost-effective means of meeting a diverse set of schooling needs. So, it¡¯s not surprising that 61 per cent of British Columbians said in 2017 that?they supported full or partial government funding for religious schools.