Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

"Provincial governments are surreptitiously reprogramming and repurposing our universities, trusting that the public is looking the other way," writes Marc Spooner. New metrics implemented and being considered by various governments can be seen as coercing universities "away from fostering critical, creative, and well-rounded citizens" and instead "toward drastically retooled, narrowly conceived 'outcomes' focused on serving the current labour market and performing corporate-styled research and development." However, argues Sponner, "the rationale for using current labour-market realities to direct future postsecondary education funding is dubious at best." The roles being filled now may be irrelevant in ten years.

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