Parallelism argues for Aboriginal self-determination and independent schools with Aboriginal values at their core, while integrationism advocates improving Aboriginal educational achievement within the conventional system. Both sides share the same goal, however: supporting and helping to realize the vast store of untapped potential in Aboriginal communities. Everyone agrees that Aboriginal education in Canada urgently needs improvement. A vigorous and informed debate can only speed the search for solutions.
Frances Widdowson, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. She received a PhD in political science from York University and has taught at a number of universities in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. She and Albert Howard were shortlisted for the 2008 Donner Prize for excellence in Canadian public policy writing.
Albert Howard is an independent researcher and writer who has worked as a consultant for government and Aboriginal groups.
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