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Dear Bill, A great deal of confusion and waste has resulted from universities becoming “trade schools”. Teacher training is only the most pathological example.
I see political fingerprints all over the corporatization of universities, which is at the heart of the issues you raise. Students have become a commodity. It’s a game of dollars for bums-on-seats!
Brian Sanderson | September 2, 2012 | Reply
This is a terrific article, one hopes that it opens a dialogue with government and the universties. It may mean Acadia becomes a leader in wine technology and the business of running farms, added value operations from same and the business that goes with these markets. Universities geared to the needs of the province, area, county, and cities in the area. Niche universities what we need when we need it!
Brian Knight | April 12, 2011 | Reply
I completely agree with forward thinking and not simply maintaining the status quo. However there is one item I believe may not have been considered in this article. Currently when a teacher in Nova Scotia retires early (say at 55), they are able to continue to teach at will and hence bump new graduates from the potential job market in their chosen field. Why would or should their seniority continue after retirement, what other profession does this? In my opinion if they make the choice to retire early, it should mean just that. Otherwise first option for and opening temporary or not, should and must go to new graduates. This would allow a constant inflow of fresh forward thinking into the system.
Laurie | April 12, 2011 | Reply
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