How income inequality hurts every Canadian's chance of building a better life

Staff, Globe and Mail, Nov 15, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper has run a series of articles focusing on the growing income gap (including a stunning full-page graphic I can't find online) and educators will find results like the following interetsing: "A Globe and Mail analysis, using standardized test scores and Statistics Canada income data paints a clear picture of inequality in Toronto’s public elementary schools: High-income areas are primarily home to high-achieving schools while lower-income areas have a higher number of lower-scoring schools." In cities like Vanbcouver and Edmonton, students can travel to whatever school they want. But in Toronto, they are locked into their own neighborhood. Open education doesn't just mean free learning materials: it means accessing the full range of educational services in your city, not just those reserved for poor people.

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