Education sure does matter and matters of education are on everyone’s mind at this time of year. Ours too.
First of all we have been assessing the new crop of students who are everywhere in evidence this last Welcome Week. [parking in Wolfville? forget it ]. Hot looking bunch from what we have seen so far, if not quite as numerous as
Education matters have also been on Margaret Wente’s mind and her column recently in the Globe [ G&M Aug 30] had, as usual, discouraging words about the education situation in Ontario, which ultimately taints the nation.
“There’s a lot more leniency and a lot less work in credit recovery,” says a teacher at one middle-of-the-pack
The “success” rate of students in credit recovery is amazingly high, a fact that may or may not be related to the relentless pressure on the schools to boost their graduation rates. But teachers worry that credit recovery has watered down the meaning of a diploma.
“A credit for Johnny is not a credit for Janey,” says Neil Orford, a history teacher and department chair at
No wonder then that testing for incoming students is necessary. Assessment of Reading & Writing Ability (Sustainability assessment) was this morning and Math Placement Test this afternoon at
How do our schools in NS fare? For several years we have been following AIMS’s attempts to assess our schools with their “report card” . This would be a useful tool for parents if they had choice but choice is usually restricted; not every family can just pick up and leave to get in a better school district. Even when parents are in possible proximity they are curbed from choice by arbitrary distance limits for enrollment. Schools that are closed are not the worst performing schools but smaller or older ones which may actually offer better results and are dear to their communities.
AIMS has some ideas for our post secondary institutions too.
Why not take
That’s more than possible if we start thinking about post-secondary education outside of the proverbial box, said
Mr. Cirtwill said stakeholders must come together to figure out what they want for the future of post-secondary education here, which may mean fewer institutions and more higher-learning options — and taking “education to the streets.”
“This is the future and the future is today,” he said, pointing to distance education at
There is resistance to this idea of course:
Although most agreed that post-secondary education has to change in
“I’m not sure I see the case for a radical redesign of institutions,” Alex Usher, director of Toronto-based Educational Policy Institute
“I do see the argument that ‘Yes, bachelor degrees are stuffy’ and ‘Yes, for some young people, the pull of a tight labour market is going to make it tougher to lure them into post-secondary,’ that you’re going to have to find ways to let them earn and learn at the same time. I get that.”
But Mr. Usher said that’s “a bigger deal” for colleges, calling universities important “finishing schools for our society.” [emph ours]
Translation- they are [some fields excepted] tools for brainwashing into impractical, unrealistic, over idealistic ideologies.
Let’s face it. This is where, for the most part, our leaders and bureaucracies come from. And then we complain when we end up with incompetent, idiotic and impractical government.