The rise of the student loan debt is killing initiative

The world has changed a lot but we still try to convince youth that they must go to expensive schools and take on debt that will burden them for years

The rise of the student loan debt is killing initiativeThe dream of future success is fading for many North American youth as higher education cost keeps rising. For example, according to official data, United States student loan debt increased from US$619 billion to US$1.56 trillion during the last decade. Canadian student loan debt exceeds $3 billion right now. Who’s at fault for the student…

Finding responsible work in a time of climate crisis

What are the new jobs? How do you train for them? Every old-economy business needs to plan for next-economy transitions

Finding responsible work in a time of climate crisisHow does work change in an era of climate crisis? What skills will have value and how do we acquire them? What advice do we give young people entering the job market? How do we retrain those whose skills are no longer in demand? What roles do colleges and universities play in this workplace transition?…

Jenn Smith’s campus cancellations put free speech at peril

All institutions of higher learning should make a robust free exchange of ideas a key part of their learning environment

Jenn Smith’s campus cancellations put free speech at perilLast month, the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) of the University of British Columbia (UBC) wrote a letter to university president Santa Ono on behalf of its 5,000 members. The letter claimed UBC was serving as a platform for “bigoted, anti-transgender hate speech” by bisexual transgender anti-SOGI 123 activist Jenn Smith. The association…

University’s Indigenous strategy is a threat to academic standards

Document contains serious flaws and constitutes an unprecedented threat to academic freedom and freedom of inquiry

University’s Indigenous strategy is a threat to academic standardsIn September 2018, the Office of Academic Indigenization provided Mount Royal University (MRU) faculty with a document entitled Indigenizing Mount Royal’s Curricula: A Call For Engagement. This document affirmed the Calgary university’s commitment “to indigenizing its curricula to ensure that all students graduate with a basic understanding of Indigenous content informed by Indigenous perspectives,” and…

The transgender movement needs boundaries

People with gender dysphoria must be treated with respect and acceptance. But privacy and safety should not be sacrificed

The transgender movement needs boundariesThe transgender movement has made great strides in recent years in advancing the cause of a marginalized minority. However, the movement’s claim to the absolute right of people to choose their gender, and have that choice legally enforced, is resulting in unfairness. Gender dysphoria is a condition involving an anatomical male who believes he is…

Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challenge

The traditional student no longer exists. That means we need to find ways to encourage and fund lifelong learning

Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challengeWith a host of transformational challenges putting pressure on labour markets, a line from Robert Atkinson and Jeffrey Brown’s latest paper struck me: “Nothing about the future of work is inevitable.” Their paper is intended to reaffirm that in the face of structural change, coming impacts can be mitigated through dedicated effort and smart policy.…

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effective

Education schools often tilt from one useless fad to another with little practical use in actual classrooms

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effectiveIn 1933, the retiring president of Harvard University, Lawrence Lowell, famously stated that his university’s school of education was “a kitten that ought to be drowned.” Of course, university presidents wouldn’t talk like this today. But Lowell was far from the only scholar to hold education schools in such low repute – and for good…

Students burdened by rising cost of university education

A look at one Ontario university shows tuitions skyrocketing when compared to asset investment and inflation

Students burdened by rising cost of university educationAs student fees rise across the country, being able to afford university is increasingly difficult. All students should be know where their fees and tuition payments go, instead of paying what’s needed and then forgetting about it. However, financial statements aren’t always easy for the average student to understand, especially if they’re not a business…

Canada’s polytechnics represent disruption in action

They offer industry-relevant programs, equipment and facilities that ready learners for a constantly changing workplace

Canada’s polytechnics represent disruption in actionIt seems everywhere you look, people are talking about transformation in Canadian workplaces. Robots, driverless cars and Internet-enabled machines are changing the nature of work. An aging population is putting unprecedented pressure on health-care services and leading to shortages in sectors where retirements are outpacing available young people with the necessary skills. The world around…

U.S. college basketball title game an example of sport at its best

True competition means the pursuit of excellence in partnership with your opponent

U.S. college basketball title game an example of sport at its bestAs a member of a sports reform organization, I usually write about problems and issues in sports, and how to address them. But today I’m celebrating the beauty of sport at its best. Monday’s men’s U.S. college basketball championship game was a terrific example of passion, hard work, sportsmanship, teamwork, resilience, family and true competition.…