David Hunt

David Hunt is the Education Director and the British Columbia (BC) Director at Cardus.

Bio last updated February 23rd, 2022.

David Hunt

Articles by David Hunt

  • Religious Freedom Equals Educational Freedom

    The latest call to defund Ontario’s Catholic schools both rewrites Canadian history and goes counter to international schooling norms, Cardus Education Program Director David Hunt argues.

    If schooling is compulsory and taxpayer supported, it is only right and just that faith communities receive support for their own schools alongside the common school system Who sends their kids to Ontario’s 1,500 independent schools? Studies conducted in 2019 and 2007 find that Ontario independent-s...

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  • Independence and Inequality

    Ontario’s independent schools outperformed their government counterparts during COVID-19. Peter Stockland reports on policy recommendations from Cardus Education’s David Hunt to strengthen Ontario's education for all students.

    Hunt argues the “inflexibility, inequality and inefficiency” of government education stands in stark contrast to the nimbleness and responsiveness of Ontario’s independent schools, which he maintains did a far superior job of responding to the needs of the students and communities In a policy brief ...

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  • School Ruling Good for the Spirit

    A Saskatchewan Court decision upholding religious freedom and pluralism for parents and students shines a light in gloomy times, writes Cardus Education Director David Hunt.  

    Conversely, in this most recent case, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal called out GSSD for discriminating against students based on their religion – or non-religion Furthermore, the decision notes the inappropriateness of the GSSD making a religious freedom argument – not for themselves but on other...

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  • Smudging Indigenous Religious Freedom

    A B.C. court decision declaring native smudging ceremonies as mere cultural practices is troubling whitewashing of the bond between spiritual practice and religious meaning, argue Brian Dijkema and David Hunt.

    In this case, one side wanted smudging ceremonies, and Indigenous dance and prayer allowed in public schools Similarly, the opposing argument undermined freedom of religion in education, by essentially opposing the practice of religion in public schools – citing the state’s duty of neutrality ...

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