Malkin Dare
Mrs. Dare began her career as an elementary school teacher after graduating from the University of Western Ontario and London Teachers’ College. She later joined the Department of External Affairs and served in Hong Kong and Barbados. As a result of her concern for the state of education in Ontario, Mrs. Dare was one of the founding members of the Organization for Quality Education (OQE). She was OQE’s founding president, a director of the Society for Advancing Educational Research in Education, a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for the Province of Ontario (West and South), and the author of Stairway to Reading and How to Get the Right Education for Your Child and Stairway to Reading. Mrs. Dare was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of School Choice.

Entries by Malkin Dare

Our Teachers Deserve Better

(47) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 6:03 PM

Canadian teachers love their students and want only the best for them. Our teachers work very hard and conscientiously, but often their best efforts are thwarted by a system that fails to give them adequate training, assigns them to teach subjects they aren't qualified to teach, micromanages their teaching methods...

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A Tale of Education in Two Cities

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 7:57 AM

A few months ago, we released a study showing that for at least ten years Edmonton students have consistently and significantly outperformed Calgary students, and furthermore the gap gets larger the longer the students are in school.

The world yawned, and the study sank without a ripple.


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Canada Needs a Grade A School System

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:39 PM

In the United States, there is a feeling of urgency, almost of panic, about the need to improve schools and raise standards. In Canada, by way of contrast, there is a feeling of complacency about education. Unlike American parents, most Canadian parents assume their kids are doing okay in school.

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Educators Need to Embrace Change

(15) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:31 PM

About 200 years ago in Austria, women started to go to the hospital to have their babies instead of having them at home. Surprisingly, the percentage of women dying in childbirth then began to rise. In one Vienna hospital in the 1840's, 20-30 per cent of women were dying in...

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All Kids Should Have the Same Opportunities In Education

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:57 PM

When my son got way behind in school, I taught him at home until he was caught up.

Having done that, I started to worry about my son's classmates, many of whom were also way behind in school. For some of them, no rescue was on the horizon --...

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The Best Public Schools Are in Your Reach...if You're Middle Class

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:42 PM

At present, Ontario parents are, at least theoretically, allowed to send their children to a school other than their neighbourhood school.

Their options include: moving to a better neighbourhood; sending their children to Catholic or Francophone schools (in Ontario, Catholic and Francophone parents can choose between public schools or fully-funded...

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Ontario's Math Scores Are Down, So Creating STEM Jobs Doesn't Add Up

(15) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:37 PM

In Ontario, an election is underway, and the Progressive Conservative Party is promising to create one million new jobs over the next eight years.

Chances are, a lot of these new jobs will be in the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering, and math). But already Ontario doesn't have enough citizens...

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Don't Exclude Kids From Good Schools Because Their Parents Make Less Money Than You

(13) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:49 PM

This essay is addressed to those of you who are both parents and at the same time opponents of school vouchers. If you fall into this category, keep on reading.

I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that at least one of your...

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Why Canadian Schools Should Take a Lesson From Florida

(7) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 7:28 AM

Falling math scores.... falling language scores.... falling science scores.... Canadians are wondering what to do I the face of their "national emergency". But it doesn't have to be this way, as Florida demonstrates.

Over the past 10 years or so, Florida has dramatically improved its student achievement, becoming a top...

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The Formula for Fixing Canada's Math Curriculum

(9) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 10:32 AM

In most of Canada, math scores are down and parents are up in arms about the way their children are being taught. They are signing petitions, writing scathing comments and letters to the newsletters, calling in to radio shows, blogging, and so on. Even former deputy prime minister John Manley...

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Giving Kids a Fighting Chance

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 10:33 AM

The bullying of Retaeh Parsons that led to her suicide is just the latest manifestation of a massive wave of bullying that just seems to keep on building. It's too late to help Retaeh, but for goodness sakes let's try to learn something from her death.

Everyone agrees that there...

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How Publicly-Funded Religious Schools Could Stop Terrorism

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 12:19 PM

More homegrown Canadian terrorists -- this time, three seemingly-ordinary boys from London, Ontario.
• Aaron Yoon -- a Korean-Canadian Catholic who converted to Islam in his teens
• Ali Medlej -- a Lebanese-Canadian Muslim whose father had anglicized his name to Medley
• Xristos Katrisoubas...

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How Poor Teaching Leads to Illiteracy

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Jacob is only 10 years old, and already he has a big problem. He can't read. And that's not all. Jacob has recently become very disruptive in class. Yesterday his teacher decided to send him for testing.

Two years ago, Jacob was referred to an optometrist because his teacher thought...

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Are Ontario Grade 9 Students Missing the Mark in Math?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 4:59 PM

When Dalton McGuinty became premier of Ontario in 2003, one of his main ambitions was to improve the academic performance of the province's students. As a result, he was very proud and happy when the province's testing body, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) reported rising test scores year...

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United OntarioTeachers Stand, Divided They Offer Extra-Curriculars

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:18 AM

What's up with the Ontario teachers' unions? One of them has been offering extra-curricular activities all throughout the political protests over the Liberal government's Bill 115; one of them has just changed its mind and decided to offer extra-curricular activities; and one of them won't budge.

On the face of...

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Should We All Learn the Finnish Way?

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 11:51 AM

In the world of education, these days Finland is like a rock star. Finnish experts are all over the media, describing the "Finnish education miracle" and suggesting that other countries copy their practices.

Just the other day, for example, Pasi Salsberg (a big education cheese in Finland) was on...

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Want to Save Money In Ontario? Cut the Fat in Education

(27) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 11:18 AM

According to a recent analysis by the Fraser Institute, Ontario's finances are in a much worse state than California's. Even though California's economy is almost three times bigger than Ontario's, the province's total debt is almost two-thirds larger.

For the sake of future generations, we need to take...

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Why Are Boys Doing Worse Than Girls?

(42) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:46 PM

And Kathleen Wynne makes six -- six female Canadian premiers, that is.

It used to be that the arrival of a female premier was big news, but it's getting to the point that pretty soon the arrival of a male premier is going to make headlines. What's going on...

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You Can Only Trust the Teachers' Union if You're a Teacher

(20) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Last week I wrote that the Ontario teachers' union is stirring up labour unrest because the government won't give them any more money.

Several indignant readers wrote in to say I had totally misread the situation -- that the teachers' union wasn't concerned about money...

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Buying Off Teachers' Unions Works... But Not Forever

(16) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 11:59 AM

Someone once said that if you want loyalty, buy a dog.

That's especially true in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately, stab-your-one-time-friends in-the-back, rough and tumble world of politics, where the concept of loyalty is almost non-existent.

The Ontario Liberal government knows this all too well.

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