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Tomorrow's Classroom

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To discuss the future of Nova Scotia's public school system, Information Morning gathered eight people who care deeply about education.

The conversation, moderated by Don Connolly, covered topics including the purpose of education, outmigration and dwindling enrollments, standardized testing, and what to do with the limited resources available for education.

Watch video from the discussion.

The panelists included:

  • Rachel Brighton, editor of Coastlands: the Maritime Policy Review, and a mother of three young boys in the Annapolis Valley.
  • Kevin Young, program director of Pathways to Education, a program aimed at keeping students in school.
  • Michael Corbett, a professor of education at Acadia University and a former elementary school teacher in the Digby area.
  • Darlene Fitzgerald, the principal of Sir Robert Borden Junior High in Cole Harbour.
  • Jodene Dunleavy, national coordinator of the Canadian Educators Association's 'What Did You Do in School Today?'
  • Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Consulting and former headmaster of Halifax Grammar School and Lower Canada College.
  • Jane Purves, a CBC News Analyst and former Minister of Education for Nova Scotia.
  • Steven Van Zoost, an English teacher at Avon View High School in Windsor and a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Education.


Part One: What do we expect from our education system?


Part Two: What is the impact of dwindling enrollment?


Part Three: How can we ensure that students are intellectually engaged?


Part Four: How do we measure success in the classroom?


Part Five: What can standardized testing tell us?


Part Six: Is discipline getting in the way of education?


Part Seven: What advice would you offer the Minister of Education?


Part Eight: Minister of Education, Ramona Jennex, responds.


Student Voices: Students from around Halifax share their thoughts

Part One: High school students on the purpose of education.

Part Two: Junior high students share their perspectives on what works in the classroom.

Part Three: Students in Halifax share their thoughts on discipline and disruption in school.