Friday, May 25, 2012
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.