Successful schools across North America

Meeting challenges and extending opportunities in Canada and the United States

Authored by: Paul V. Bredeson , Carolyn J. Kelley , Hans W. Klar

Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415669702
eBook ISBN: 9780203815564
Adobe ISBN: 9781136715976


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The constitutional origins of public education in Canada and the United States are particular to each country’s unique history. There are important cultural, language, social, and political differences in the public educational systems in these neighboring countries; nonetheless they share a significant common feature—they are constitutionally the responsibility of the provincial/state governments. Despite each country’s historic roots in Europe, where more nationalized systems of education have flourished, the population settlement patterns in Canada and the United States, along with social, economic, and political development, favored localism over federalism as each country developed its vast resources and geographic spaces stretching over 3,000 miles from coast to coast.

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