What follow is a guest blog post from Glenn Burley:
If Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and professional fields like medicine, law, and dentistry are the so-called golden ticket to a good job in today’s labour market, what does that say about the current and future health of our economy?
The myth of the ‘skills gap’ in Canada is persistent. Along with increasing levels of student debt and a labour market in which good jobs are increasingly hard to find—especially for young people—this myth leads public discussion on employment to blaming individuals for their education choices. According to (Read more…)
Earlier today, Owen at Northern Reflections, commenting on a piece by Joseph Stiglitz, wrote a post on student debt, a scourge on both sides of the border.
Here is a video of Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, for whom I have a great deal of respect, on her proposal for dealing with that scourge. Eminently reasonable, one can safely predict that her approach will inflame the right-wing zealots:
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As usual, Noam Chomsky addresses issues whose existence others refuse to acknowledge. Recommend this Post
The Globe and Mail has just launched an in-depth feature on higher education in Canada, an installment of their Our Time to Lead series. For a couple of weeks, you can expect to see increased coverage of the issues facing our post-secondary education system in print but especially online.
The editors deserve credit for seeking to hear from some unusual suspects and enlisting advisory members for the panel from a variety of backgrounds, including myself and Karen Foster along with academics and education policy folks. That said, the advisory panel is far from perfect: it is heavily male-dominated (over 2/3
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Globe and Mail on higher education in Canada
This September, like every year, a new group of high school graduates headed to college or university to pursue higher education. But today’s generation of students is in for a very different experience from the ones their parents had.
On campuses across the country shiny new buildings are popping up, bearing corporate logos or the names of local philanthropists. But most of these are reserved for graduate schools of business, law or medicine, so today’s undergraduate arts and science students can expect to find their classes in the older buildings, often in varying states of disrepair. There, students will be
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Time to Rethink The Way We Fund Higher Education
by Marian Wang | ProPublica More than a decade after Aurora Almendral first set foot on her dream college campus, she and her mother still shoulder the cost of that choice. Almendral had been accepted to New York University in 1998, but even after adding up scholarships, grants, and the max she could take out in [...]
Well well, another misinformed tax freedom day has come and gone on June 12th. To mark the occasion this year I wanted to skip over the very serious methodological flaws that others have pointed out, and take a look at several other items that Canadians are “free of” at various points. By gaining “freedom” from the taxes that Canadians pay we also gain “freedom” from the services those taxes pay for. I for one am all about more freedom!!
( let me point out that the back of my envelope got a good workout during these calculations
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Freedom from government services day
Despite the remarkably poor media coverage of the early days of the protests (especially in English Canada), it seems that the Quebec student protestors have finally succeeded in sparking a broader public discussion about civil liberties and the right to protest (even in the Globe here, here and in the Celebrity Photo captions).
Yet, media commentators have largely dismissed the reason that first brought students out to the streets — the demand for low tuition fees — as an unrealistic gripe of entitled middle- and upper-class children trying to protect their unfair privilege (lowest tuition fees in the
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Seven reasons why you should support the Quebec students’ call for low tuition fees
First of all, let’s be clear about who the real job creators are in the U.S. and around the world. They’re the future generation of young adults, currently in post-secondary, pursuing new business ventures and studying for their undergraduate degrees to enter the workforce. They are the future entrepreneurs that will create the jobs the people[continue reading...]
There were two articles in the Huffington Post this week that were related to student debt and personal loans for tuition expenses in the United States. The first recounted the story of a young Christopher Bryski, a Rutgers University student who tragically died from a brain injury in 2006, but whom after his death still had to[continue reading...]
Newly-released data indicate that student debt is rising amongst new physicians in Canada. In 2010, 23 percent of medical residents surveyed estimated having more than $120,000 in education-related debt upon completion of their residency traning (as compared with just 17 percent in 2007). (Note: across Canada, average tuition fees for medical students amount to just over $10,000 a year.) This appears [...] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Student Debt Rising Amongst New Physicians