Canadian edu-pundits have been leading us to believe that Canada's lefty social policy programs have nearly eradicated both income and racial inequality and have lead to an educational mecca in which achievement gaps are no more.
The data indicates otherwise.
The Toronto District School Board commissioned a nice little study breaking down student achievement by race, parental education, and income. Before the study you would have been hard pressed to find student achievement data broken down this way. You'd think they were trying to hide something.
Guess what? They were. They were hiding giant achievement gaps.
Here's a nice little table showing student performance broken for third and sixth grades broken down by race.
Holy Moly! Look at them gaps. I'd like to say something snarky like "What is this Mississippi?" but that would be an insult to Mississippi. I know Canada has a shameful history of slavery they don't like to advertise, but I didn't realize it was this bad.
Notice how (East) Asians perform above whites, who perform above Hispanics (Latin American), who perform above blacks. What a coincidence. That's how it plays out in the US too. Who would have thunk? Also, notice how the gaps grow as the students go from third to sixth grade. Another coincidence?
Now let's look at the break down by income.
First of all I find this entire table shocking. I thought Canada was some sort of Marxist paradise, but look at that staggering income inequality. And would you believe that the kids of the people that have higher incomes (before it gets redistributed away) have student achievement as well. Makes me want to rethink that whole correlation vs. causation thing I always rail against.
Let's look at another shocking table. Parental education vs. student achievement.
Would you believe that kids who have parents who went to college outperform the kids whose parents only completed elementary school. Shocking. I thought "free" health care and school lunches solved this problem in Canada.
I simply can't wait until Stephen Downes tries to spin this data away.