Post-Secondary Education in Canada: Strategies for Success

Unattributed, Canadian Council on Learning, Dec 16, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Canadian Council on Learning has published another report on post-secondary education. Though there is a lot to agree with, the authors are nonetheless intent on proving the adage, "you find what you're looking for." What they want to find, in particular, is a need for some oversight body to monitor the 'effectiveness' of the Canadian post-secondary system. What they also want to find is a need for more science and engineering students. Not surprisingly, they find that the Canadian system lacks both - well, if viewed from a certain perspective, it lacks both. But fishy comparisons with other nations do not support this contention. Nor do really transparent manipulations - calling students' concerns about funding and debts an "informational and motivational" barrier to learning, for example (p. 7).
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