One Thought To Start Your Day
About two and a half years ago, I said universities and scientists were headed for a catastrophic break because university Presidents were more inclined to gratefully accept whatever new dollars came their way rather than fight for research priorities. That break may actually happen next week, for evil things are reaching my ears about Tuesday’s federal budget.
To be clear: I know nothing for sure about what’s in Tuesday’s budget. The Liberals are deliberately choosing not to leak anything that … [ Read More ]
Yesterday when talking about the bad arguments for universal free fees, I left out two of the more common arguments. One of them I left out because it’s genuinely a much trickier argument to negotiate (and hence not one of the “ten bad arguments”) and the other because I plain forgot. Both of these arguments came up during discussions online—check out my Twitter feed if you’re curious. But let’s go over the arguments now.
Start with the latter, because we can … [ Read More ]
So this weekend at the NDP convention, delegates voted in favour of a free tuition policy. Based on a totally unscientific scan of twitter afterwards, here are the ten most common arguments in favour of this move, and why each of them is wrong.
1. The federal government can totally impose free tuition on the provinces
No, it can’t. The best it could do would be to pay the provinces to reduce tuition, which could be difficult given that they … [ Read More ]
So, yesterday, the Government of Canada ended two years of tediousness by announcing the winners of the supercluster process.
To briefly recap. At some point in 2015 or early 2016, the Liberals became enamoured with the idea of technology superclusters, mainly because they got to spend money on hip-sounding industries in a spatially-restricted manner, which meant they could claim points on both the economic growth and regional development scorecards. To this end, they invited groups of businesses (large, medium & small … [ Read More ]
To Paris, where a couple of big changes in education policy have led to student demonstrations. Not particularly large or effective demonstrations (not yet, anyway), but significant nonetheless.
The first – and for our purpose less important – set of changes are to the structure of the baccalauréat (which, confusingly for English speakers, refers to secondary school diplomas rather than undergraduate degrees which are called “licence”). The new Bac rules – and as far as I can tell these only apply to the … [ Read More ]