Independent schools offer a variety of pedagogical and curricular approaches.
Government has an obligation to ensure all children are educated, but this does not mean government must run every school it funds.
In Ontario, monopolistic policies prevent families from using their tax dollars to support private education.
More choice for parents encourages innovation in both government-run and independent schools.
Independent schools are more willing to try new ways of teaching, organizing and operating.
All major European countries fund non-government schools.
There is no question that a great education is essential to success in the 21st century. Completing high school, for example, markedly reduces the chances of unemployment or the probability of remaining trapped in low-income jobs.
The importance of education to a childs future success explains the increasing interest on the part of parents, and therefore politicians, in ensuring not only a functioning but thriving education system. Supporting parents in choosing their childrens education and fostering competition between schools is vital to such efforts.