Our Schoolhouse Director is a prolific author, policy analyst, and commentator in daily newspapers, magazines and journals right across Canada. His commentaries and articles regularly appear in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CBC Opinion, IRPP Policy Options, The Chronicle Herald, The Ottawa Citizen, CEA’s Edwire, and all newspapers in New Brunswick.
Over the past decade, he has produced dozens of education commentaries for The Chronicle Herald and Saltwire Network papers in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He is the provincial education columnist for Brunswick News, producing Education Beat columns twice a month since 2019.
Dr. Bennett is a regular education commentator on Canadian radio talk shows from coast to coast, including CBC-Radio’s The Current, Halifax News 95.7, CBC News New Brunswick, and the Global News radio network. On television, he has provided expert analysis for CBC-TV’s The National, CBC- TV’s Marketplace, CTV Atlantic, CTV Morning News, and Global News in Halifax and Ontario.
Academic research and writing produced by Dr. Paul W. Bennett for Schoolhouse Institute has been published in many academic journals in Canada, the United States and abroad. Here is a recent list of academic articles:
School Consolidation in Maritime Canada: The Educational Legacy of Edgar L. Morphet and his Disciples, Country School Journal
Association of America, University of Illinois, U.S., Vol. 5, 2017, 31-47.
Unsettling ‘Old Ways’: Matter or Method, Relevance or Standards in Nova Scotia Teacher Education
1855 to the Present, Chapter 6, in Theodore
Michael Christou, ed., The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education.
New York: Routledge, 2018, 75-92.
Digital Learning in Canadian K-12 Schools: A Review of Critical Issues
Policy and Practice. Chapter on Canada in Handbook on Digital Learning for
K-12 Schools. Marcus-Quinn, Ann, Hourigan, Triona (Eds.) Springer,
Switzerland, 2017, 293-316.
Saving an Endangered Subject: High School History in Ontario Schools
1960-2010. Education Matters, School of Education, University of
Consolidation, Bureaucracy and the Public Schools: The Formation of the Modern Bureaucratic Education State
1920 to 1993, Canadian Issues /Thèmes
Canadiens (Spring 2014), 16-22.
Campus Life in Canada’s 1960s – Reflections on the “Radical Campus” in Recent Historical Writing
Acadiensis (Summer/Autumn 2013)
Up Against “Edutopia”: Dr. James Daly’s Crusade against the Spectre of Progressive Education
1968-1983, Historical Studies in Education, Spring
Our Director has given dozens of education reform presentations at conferences in recent years. What follows are examples of his presentations.
School Snow Days, Absenteeism and Student Achievement: A Comparative Study of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts
Association for Canadian Studies in the
United States (ACSUS), Biennial Conference, Montreal, QC., November 15,
Inclusion, Class Composition, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms
Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), Biennial
Conference, Montreal, QC., November 14, 2019.
Future-Proof Learning: Confronting the British Columbia Education Plan for 21st Century Learning
researchED Vancouver 2019, Mulgrave School, West
Vancouver, BC, February 9, 2019
School Boards in Crisis: What’s the Cure for the Decline in Public Engagement and Accountability?
Canadian History of Education (CHEA/ACHE)
Conference, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, October 19, 2018.
Stealth Assessment: Where is Ontario’s SEL Student Assessment Heading?
Presentation to researchED Ontario, researchED UK, Westin Toronto Airport
Hotel, April 14, 2018.
Re-Engineering Education: Curing the Accountability and Democratic Deficit in Nova Scotia
AIMS Policy Forum, Halifax Central Library, March 15, 2018.
Inclusion, Class Composition, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms, researchED Washington
researchED US, Washington, DC, October 29, 2016.
Technology, e-Learning and Teachers: Why Top-Down Initiatives Run Aground
researchED United Kingdom, National Conference, London, UK, September 10,
Pathway to Regeneration: Schools, Communities, and the Nova Scotia Hub School Movement
2006 to 2015. ECONOUS 2016, Montreal, National Community
Economic Development Conference, 20 May 2016.
Events and Webinars
Zoom Book Launch, “A Reality Check on Canada’s Schools,”
Sponsored by Dr. Daniel Beland and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, in Montreal.
Zoom Book Talk, “The State of the System in the Light of COVID-19,”
Cardus Foundation, Wednesday September 30, 2020, Hamilton, Ontario
Public Lecture and Webinar, “The Shifting Axis: Nova Scotia’s Changing Place in Canadian Confederation,” a Public Lecture based upon Turning Points: 15 Pivotal Moments in Nova Scotia History,
Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Wednesday September 16, 2020
Navigating COVID-19: State of the System – A reality check on Canada’s schools
Halifax Chamber of Commerce, September 10, 2020, Halifax, NS