A national report card for 2012.
Paul W. BennettFounding Director, Schoolhouse Consulting; Adjunct Professor of Education, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS.
Dr. Bennett is a widely recognized leader in Canadian education. From 1997 until 2009, he served as Headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Halifax Grammar School and Lower Canada College. For over 30 years, Paul taught history and social sciences in six different secondary schools, public as well as private, in three provinces: Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. He is the author of three nationally recognized Canadian History textbooks, including Canada: A North American Nation (1988 and 1995), and has twice been a top-ten finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Canadian History.
Dr. Bennett has long been a champion of educational reform. While serving as a Public School Trustee with the York Region Board of Education (1988-1997), Paul founded the Ontario School Board Reform Network (1990) and was a co-founder of the Coalition for Education Reform, an umbrella group promoting higher standards and greater accountability in Ontario public education. He has always been a strong public advocate in defence of Canadian history in our schools, serving in 2008-09 on the National Advisory Committee for the Dominion Institute’s Canadian History Report Card project. In March 2011, Paul was co-founder of Students First Nova Scotia and in May 2012 he was instrumental in the establishment of the Nova Scotia Small School Initiative.
His most recent books are The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World (2009), and Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities: The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010 (2011)
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