One Thought To Start Your Day
We seem to be in a period in Canada where money for “skills” is in vogue, mainly because it is seen as a panacea for lots of quite separate problems. At a really high-order level, you’ve got the Innovation ministry in Ottawa pounding the drum on skills because the tech industry says skills are a bottleneck to whatever kind of tech-powered Nirvana the Minister imagines Canada to be headed towards. And then you’ve got the Employment and Social Development Ministry … [ Read More ]
People are always nattering on about skills for the new economy, but apart from some truly unhelpful ideas like “everyone should learn to code”, they are usually pretty vague on specifics about what that means. But I think I have solved that.
What the economy needs – or more accurately, what enterprises (private and public) need – is more Nordstrom Philologists.
Let me explain.
One of the main consequences of the management revolutions of the last couple of decades has … [ Read More ]
The father of modern university rankings is James McKeen Cattell, a well-known early 20th-century psychologist, scientific editor (he ran the journals Science and Psychological Review) and eugenecist. In 1903, he began publishing American Men of Science, a semi-regular rating of the country’s top scientists, as rated by university department chairs. He then hit on the idea of counting how many of these scientists were graduates of the nation’s various universities. Being a baseball enthusiast, it seemed completely natural to arrange these results top to … [ Read More ]
That Andrew Scheer Free Speech Promise
You may recall that a few weeks ago I profiled the higher education/science/youth proposals of the various Conservative Party leadership hopefuls. You may also recall that the candidate who eventually won the context, Andrew Scheer, had one proposal that distinguished him from the rest of the pack, to wit:
In addition, Scheer pledges that “public universities or colleges that do not foster a culture of free speech and inquiry on campus” will “not have support from … [ Read More ]
The other day I published a graph on student housing in Canada and the United States that seemed to grab a lot of people’s attention. It was this one:
Figure 1: Student Living Arrangements, Canada vs. US
People seemed kind of shocked by this and wondered what causes the differences. So I thought I’d take a shot at answering this.
(caveat: remember, this is data from a multi-campus survey and I genuinely have no idea how representative this is of the … [ Read More ]