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Beth Green

Beth Green is Program Director of Cardus Education and was previously part of the international research team that developed What If Learning in partnership with Transforming Lives UK/The Stapleford Centre, the Anglican Education Commission Sydney, and the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read More ›

Articles by Beth Green
  • Education Research as a Travel Guide for Wholesome Public Life

    Beth Green

    The Cardus Education Survey (CES) has been on tour. For the last three months I have been discussing the impact of the public and independent school sectors on North America’s graduates with Christian educators across Canada and the USA. Along the way I’ve been privileged to witness the beauty of a salmon run on Vancouver Island, the splendor of the Canadian Rockies, and the eerie majesty of the Grand Canyon.

  • This is no time to turn the clock back for education in Alberta

    Beth Green

    It’s a paradox of politics when one of Canada’s self-identified progressive governments risks a major regressive step in preparing our children for the future. Nor is the conundrum of Alberta’s NDP government debating dismantling its highly innovative choice-based education system baffling only to Canadian pedagogues.

  • Time for a national conversation on parental choice in education

    Beth Green

    Written by Beth Green (Cardus Program Director, Education), and Ben Woodfinden. Parents and children should be at the heart of education, not teachers or cumbersome regulation. National School Choice Week, spearheaded by our neighbour to the south, offers a chance to highlight examples of school diversity already on offer in Canada’s provinces and to renew the call for a national conversation on parental choice.

  • A School and a Church at the Heart of a City

    Beth Green

    What is it that makes a city? Judging by the ones I’ve visited lately—London, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Sydney—it is global finance and skyscrapers. When people show off their cities to you, they might often take you to a glamourous, redeveloped dockland and nod in the direction of a historic building such as a cathedral. But they are unlikely to show you a school.

  • Put testing to the test

    Beth Green

    It’s that time of year when the weather warms up, hay fever allergies kick in, and we shut our students in auditoriums with endless rows of desks. It’s time for standardized tests. Testing measures progress and is obviously is a very important part of learning. The problem occurs when acing the test in order to prove the health of the education system becomes the main provincial or national goal.

  • What Is Education Research For?

    Beth Green

    We live in an era of “evidence-based” policy. A focus on facts has become essential to drive up standards, to improve efficiency, and to measure the performance of teachers. But that isn’t enough. At the risk of turning into the kind of inquisitive toddler with whom most of us quickly lose patience, I am going to insist on asking of education research: “Yes, but what it is for?”

  • What DO they teach them at these schools?

    Beth Green

    It might be said that not enough graduates of Protestant Christian schools in North America will go on to make their vocation in a STEM-related field. The results of the Cardus Education Survey suggest that, compared to their counterparts in Catholic and non-religious private schools, students in Protestant schools are much more likely to choose a human-service-related career—such as social work or education—over science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • Competing Stories, Inspired Conversations

    Beth Green

    I’ve been there. I went to both private and state schools. As an educator, I’ve taught in a variety of institutions, both private and public, Christian and secular. As a researcher, I have been wrestling with what the relationship is between these differing settings. Do they have to be in opposition? Or can they learn from one another? I know the struggle to reconcile these seemingly dichotomous streams of education.

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