Paul W. Bennett ,Ed.D. is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Toronto, and raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Paul earned his Hons. B.A and M.A. in History at York University and completed his B.Ed., and Ed.D. in the History and Philosophy of Education at the University of Toronto. Over a career spanning four decades and three provinces, Dr. Bennett has served as a secondary school history teacher, academic head, public school trustee, and the headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Lower Canada College and Halifax Grammar School. He has written or co-authored many academic articles, policy papers, and eight books, including Canada: A North American Nation (1988 and 1995), Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities; The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 -2010 (2011), and The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013).
Today Paul is primarily an author, education policy analyst and commentator. His opinion columns and articles appear regularly in The Chronicle Herald, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Progress Magazine anda variety of publications. His most recent academic articles have appeared in Acadiensis,Historical Studies in Education and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal. Over the past five years, he has produced major policy papers for the Northern Policy Institute, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Society for Quality Education, and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Association. He specializes in K-12 educational policy, education history, educational standards, school governance, teacher education, and special education services.