Private Education

Not What You May Think

A letter from a college student to his father:

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For most people, the first thought they have of a parent who sends a child to a private school is: big city and big cost.  But this past month, The Fraser Institute, released a first-of-its-kind study on private independent schools in Canada.  Here are the results:

✓Note – The Fraser Institute (named after the river) is a leading conservative think-tank founded in 1974 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The website containing all of its articles is:

● There are 1,935 private schools in Canada in which 368,717 students are enrolled.   This means that 1 out of every15school-age children is privately educated.

● Although Canada is overwhelmingly urban, the vast majority of private schools are found in the rural areas with the primary foundation being religious conviction.

● Of the1,935 private schools in Canada, only 232 would be considered elite.  And of the 368,717 students in private schools, just 45,000 attend such institutions.

● Home schooling is much bigger in the United States (3.5% of the student population) than it is in Canada (one-half of one-percent of the student population).

● Home school parents generally do not have official  teaching credentials, but their kids consistently test, on average, five points higher than public school pupils.

● While independent school population has remained constant, over the last five years, public school enrollment is down 2.5% and home schooling up 5.0%.

● The three provinces that provide funding per student for private education (B.C./$600, Alberta/$820, Sask. $1,000) also have the most private schooling rules.

● Oddly, Alberta, the most conservative province, is most intrusive in private Christian education.  And Ontario, the most liberal province, is the least intrusive.

● On average, it costs taxpayers $12,000 per student per year for their education.  Therefore private and home schools save Canadian taxpayers $275,000,000 yearly.

The bottom line?  Most Canadian private education is small town/small tuition and a whole lot of sacrifice.