“At a time of diminished state funding for higher education and uncertain federal dollars, Mr. Gee says that public colleges and universities need to devise a new business model to pay for the costs of education, beyond sticking students with higher tuition and greater debt. ”
Click here to read full article from the NY Times. (Nice suspenders Mr. Gee! lol )
Well it is about bloody time that they come to their senses! Maybe these articles will finally start to garner some support for the Quebec Student Movement. Montreal is so avant-garde.
ADA, Ohio — Kelsey Griffith graduates on Sunday from Ohio Northern University. To start paying off her $120,000 in student debt, she is already working two restaurant jobs and will soon give up her apartment here to live with her parents. Her mother, who co-signed on the loans, is taking out a life insurance policy on her daughter.
“If anything ever happened, God forbid, that is my debt also,” said Ms. Griffith’s mother, Marlene Griffith.
Click here to read full-article at the NY Times
The United-States is a nation of serfs and slaves. And if Canadians are not careful, we will end up like them. Montreal students are not fighting for entitlements, they are fighting off forces that are trying to enslave them into a life of destitute and economic slavery.
“President Barack Obama planned to announced the U.S.’ filing of a complaint from the White House on Tuesday. The fresh action is part of Obama’s broader effort to crack down on what his administration sees as unfair trading practices by China.”
Click here to read the full article from CBC.
The world is in one of the greatest economic crisis since the depression and most of it can be attributed to the US’s lack of moral rigor and lust for greed–who is Obama to go out and lecture China on fair trade? In fact, who is Obama to lecture any country on human rights, equality and ethical business practices? The Canadian Government should really tell him to muzzle it.
“Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled a Canadian speaking appearance due to security concerns sparked by demonstrations during a visit he made to Vancouver last fall, the event promoter said Monday.”
Click here to read full-story from The Globe & Mail
Finally, something I can be proud of during the growing austerity and fraying Canadian federalism. I wish we would stop fighting amongst ourselves and remember that we are in this whole mess because of criminals like Cheney south of the border.
“Until now, online education has been regarded as the poor stepchild of the higher-education world – widely suspected of being a second-rate substitute for the real thing. But that’s about to change. The digital revolution is going to disrupt higher education in the same way it’s disrupted so many other industries. And it’s about time. Higher learning still relies on the medieval model, when scholars gathered in one place to listen to professors lecture at them. It’s increasingly expensive, and doesn’t do a very good job of delivering what a lot of students want and need in a way that society can afford.
The digital revolution will make higher education better, cheaper, more accessible, more engaging and far more customized than anything that exists today. It’ll also turn our current institutions upside down. For example, there’ll always be room for the old-fashioned lecture. But do we really need 10,000 professors in 10,000 classrooms lecturing on the same subject? Why not let students watch the best explainer in the world explain calculus or physics – online, on their own time – and use local professors to work in smaller groups with students? Makes sense – so long as you’re prepared to upend the entire professoriate, which is geared to research, not teaching, and is paid accordingly. ”
To read full-article click here.
There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think about how technology has revolutionized our lives and how this might transform education. I totally agree with Margaret Wente, we haven’t even begun to harness technology in higher education.
Yet as much as there is to get excited about, there is just as much to be frightened and cautious about. Plucking people in from of computer screens and getting them to buy online degrees does not automatically equate into a more competent, knowledgeable and conscientious citizenry. There is a huge gap between being and having, as Erich Fromm knew and wrote about many years ago. Having a degree (or having the means to distribute them through technology) won’t solve all our miseries, nor will it redress massive economic & ability inequalities. In fact, it might only exasperate the situation….
Nevertheless, it is fairly hard not to get excited about where technology might lead us.
“Academic journals that decide which research discoveries count as important are practicing widespread “coercion” to gain influence, at the expense of their own credibility, a new survey says.”
Simply more evidence towards what I was hypothesizing and attempting to illuminate in my first blog post “Blogging vs. Academic Publishing“. The fine balance between freedom to learn, express, and inquire while adhering to rigorous and a high level of scholarship is already a difficult challenge. However, once we factor in socioeconomic influences this topic becomes extremely complex. This is a timely and necessary article—particularly in these fast pace times where technology is completely changing the conditions and the way we disseminate information.
Cohen will undo the chains & roll the stone away. Thank you for reminding me (again) to hold my head low.
He is entirely right, Canada has been slipping and we have fallen prey to corporatism. And nowhere is this more visible than in our Universities.
“What happened to Canada? It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable. No nuclear weapons. No huge military-industrial complex. Universal health care. Funding for the arts. A good record on the environment.”
“The decay of Canada illustrates two things. Corporate power is global, and resistance to it cannot be restricted by national boundaries. Corporations have no regard for nation-states. They assert their power to exploit the land and the people everywhere. They play worker off of worker and nation off of nation. They control the political elites in Ottawa as they do in London, Paris and Washington. This, I suspect, is why the tactics to crush the Occupy movement around the globe have an eerie similarity—infiltrations, surveillance, the denial of public assembly, physical attempts to eradicate encampments, the use of propaganda and the press to demonize the movement, new draconian laws stripping citizens of basic rights, and increasingly harsh terms of incarceration.”
Click here to read the full-article.
This is very moving speech by a man who is intellectually gifted and inspiring–I only wish Canada had or developed a comparable visionary leader. Yet as gifted as Obama is, I still don’t think he can salvage the US front its years of moral laxity. Dr. King must be turning in his grave.