Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

In Nova Scotia an agreement has been reached that "would allow people without teaching degrees to work as substitute teachers in the region’s largest board." Obviously this is far from ideal, and it sounds like the measure was adopted very reluctantly. But it also points to the weakness of the traditional model of education in developing regions: it is expensive, and it requires qualified people. Sometimes, this is not possible. What then? Sadly, this column offers no real solution to the problem. But I can say that bitter contract disputes and legislated working conditions don't help. Not at all.

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