Friday, May 25, 2012

Quebec graduates?

Since the students in Quebec started their whining, I have been talking about the abysmal graduation rate among French Canadian boys. I am not the only one worried by this tragedy. Barbara Kay also notes the English kids in class and the French kids out. It is a very sad statement on Quebec As a former high-school teacher, I have found it interesting to watch the student demonstrations escalate over the past weeks. Through the later stages of my career, I perceived an increasing sense of entitlement on the part of students. A significant proportion of them gradually began to dwell more and more on their rights and less and less on the responsibilities that came with those rights. However, that’s only a small part of what has bothered me about the recent unrest. I am concerned by the fact that the main argument has been framed as the right of a population to be educated. The argument goes that through education comes freedom. And if an educated population is a must for a society to prosper and grow, then that means education must be free for university students. Society will ultimately benefit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Time for a complete reform of the education system in Quebec from top to bottom. The students have little logic, less grasp of the realities of Quebec's debt problem and no respect for democratic values such as secret votes.

The other problem is the almost complete conformity of thought at least on the French side. Maybe the solution is a voucher system for all levels of education so there would be more competition.

I Support Lord Black