Paul W Bennett

Paul W Bennett
Saint Mary's University | SMU · Faculty of Education

Doctor of Education (OISE/Toronto)
Currently Adjunct Professor of Education, Saint Mary's University, and the Education Columnist for Brunswick News

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Introduction
Founding Director of Schoolhouse Institute and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, Canada. Author of education policy papers, research commentaries, and ten books, including The State of the System (MQUP 2020)
Additional affiliations
November 2018 - present
Brunswick News
Position
  • Education Columnist
Description
  • Regular education columnist for all New Brunswick daily newspapers, appearing once every two weeks in the Telegraph-Journal (Saint John), Times & Transcript (Moncton), Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) and other papers. The column is called "Education Beat" and covers topical issues in and around K-12 education in the province and contemporary trends in education.
March 2017 - present
researchED Canada
Position
  • Founder and National Coordinator
Description
  • Founder of Canadian branch of researchED, a UK-based research organization sponsoring teacher development conferences around the world. Initiated the first researchEd Canada conference, held November 11, 2017, at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and now coordinator of conferences across Canada.
November 2013 - December 2016
Northern Policy Institute
Position
  • Fellow
Education
September 1985 - June 1991
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Field of study
  • History and Philosophy of Education

Publications

Publications (30)
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Decisive moments and pivotal events have shaped Nova Scotia’s destiny and helped to define the province which has exerted so much influence throughout the Maritimes. Since the time of Confederation, the province evolved from British North Atlantic colony to a founding province, then from an often overlooked ‘poor cousin’ to a more self-confident em...
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A provocative and revealing analysis of K-12 public education that will serve as catalyst for public policy debate and discussion. Exploring the nature and development of the Canadian education order in all its dimensions, The State of the System explains how public schools came to be so bureaucratic, confronts the critical issues facing kindergart...
Technical Report
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An education policy research paper addressing the high incidence of school day cancellations in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes and its impact upon student absenteeism and productivity in the workplace. Researched and written by Paul W. Bennett and published by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS). The report concludes with a set of polic...
Technical Report
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Where children live in the Halifax region does have a strong bearing on the quality of their education, this AIMS research report demonstrates, using data gleaned from published school-by-school student results. School district policies from 2009 to 2018, such as “Good Schools to Great Schools” and the “Priority Schools” initiative, addressed the t...
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Athleticism, masculinity, and sports are intimately connected in most boys' schools. Colonial versions of the famous British public school sprang up over the nineteenth century in an overwhelmingly Protestant, Anglo-Saxon Ontario. Foremost among them were what came to be known as the “Little Big Four” group of schools, Upper Canada College (Toronto...
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Digital learning is on the rise in Canada and now exerting an impact upon education policy in most of the nation’s ten provinces and three territories. Without a national education department, the promotion of twenty-first century skills, technology, and learning falls to provincial and territorial education authorities with varying degrees of comm...
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Over forty years ago, an Ontario Provincial Committee headed by Emmett Hall and Lloyd Dennis released Living and Learning (1968), a bold and provocative progressive reform prescription for the perceived ills afflicting the Ontario public school system. One of the most strident critics of the Hall-Dennis Report was Dr. James Daly, a little known McM...
Technical Report
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School days lost are gone forever. Missing a major chunk of the school year because of storm day closures can wreak havoc on students, eroding valuable class time, breaking continuity, disrupting tests and examinations, and sewing seeds of division between unionized teachers excused from duty and support staff left behind in empty schools. That is...
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School days lost are gone forever. Missing a major chunk of the school year because of storm day closures can wreak havoc on students, eroding valuable class time, breaking continuity, disrupting tests and examinations, and sewing seeds of division between unionized teachers excused from duty and support staff left behind in empty schools. That is...
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University Microfilms order no. UMI00298607. Thesis (Ed. D.)--University of Toronto, 1990. Includes bibliographical references. Photocopy.
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Reviews the development of new Ontario History and Contemporary Studies Guidelines directed by Ontario Ministry of Education. Explains changes that occurred in curriculum such as Canadian and U.S. history courses being dropped in favor of a new course entitled "Canada in North American Perspective." Concludes that the new curriculum has revived his...

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