“Canada does not even really have a national education system, it is based on autonomous provinces and it is hard to think of a bigger contrast between a city state such as Singapore and a sprawling land mass such as Canada.
The OECD, trying to understand Canada’s success in education, described the role of the federal government as “limited and sometimes non-existent”.
Also not widely recognised is that Canada has a high level of migrants in its school population.
More than a third of young adults in Canada are from families where both parents are from another country.
But the children of newly-arrived, migrant families seem to integrate rapidly enough to perform at the same high level as their classmates.”
See How Canada became an education superpowerCanada is often seen by USAians as a loser where people pay high taxes and have little freedom. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those taxes we pay? A lot of that goes to things that matter, like education and universal MediCare.
It’s about priorities. USA spends more on an election every few years than Canada does on stuff that matters. Canada spends less on education and healthcare (% of GDP) than USA for a better result. In USA, education and healthcare are all about commercial competition. That brings wasteful duplication and the wrong goals. In education, where I worked my last years, the goal is to offer every student a good education no matter where they live or who their families are. While USA is fretting immigration, Canada welcomes immigration, including refugees. It all goes to making education stronger and more diverse and more flexible.