Canadian Universities Are Like Puppy Mills

The business model of Canadian universities has evolved to take in any doofus with cash, acquiesce to their ridiculous sense of entitlement to keep the tuition cheques coming, and churn out a glut of low quality (useless?) graduates. Oh yes, and devour tax money while they’re at it.

Professor Peter Bowal writes:

In more than 30 years of experience as a university professor, I have observed that threats and unsettling behaviour by students have not only increased in the last decade, they also seem to be more tolerated by the administration. The fact that universities are now opening their doors to anyone who wants a degree means that more and more students who may not be well-suited to a traditional academic environment are being welcomed.

Professors are commanded to quietly grant students the accommodations they ask for. As competition for Canadian post-secondary students has ramped up, institutions now view students as steady revenue-producing customers. Teachers are supposed to give them what they want and keep them happy.  Annual enrolment and retention targets are to be met. Discernment, rigour and discipline belong to another era.

Post-modernism and humanism have washed over our educational institutions, so that today, we cannot even agree on what inappropriate student behaviour is, much less who, if anyone, is responsible for it, and what we might do to curtail it. I offer just a few examples from my own recent experience of behaviour on by students that would not likely be considered acceptable off campus.

— Read more at National Post

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Canadian Author “Impressed” by More Subsidies for Canadian Authors

Without public schools forcing students to read excruciatingly awful novels like The Stone Angel on a massive scale, Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood would probably sell far fewer books.

We should remember this when we read stories about Margaret Atwood’s approval of a new Ontario government policy that will force public school students to read even more boring books by Canadian authors.

Assuming no more than self-interest, artists, like most people, will tend to welcome subsidies that benefit themselves. It’s the model of corporate welfare applied to the artistic world. When they say it will “strengthen arts and culture,” remember there is no reason to believe that “good” arts and culture will prevail as the new learning material for children. Likewise in the corporate welfare scenario, subsidies to, say, the auto industry will be claimed to “strengthen the economy and domestic industry” even though economics tells us the opposite is true.

To the extent it survives on government money, art is a welfare program. The entire process of deciding what novels should be studied in public schools is completely political and thus likely to produce bad outcomes. Sometimes you get lucky and a real treasure comes out of the system, but the results tend to be bad. By relying on the government to “strengthen arts and culture”, you can be assured the arts and culture will be get worse while kids consider drinking bleach to avoid being forced to read books like The Stone Angel.

 

 

Disney’s 1943 Anti-Nazi Propaganda Cartoon: Public Education in a Nutshell

During World War II, there were a lot of cute propaganda cartoons made for kids.

Here is one from Disney about public education in Nazi Germany. What applies to public education under the National Socialists applies in principle to public education everywhere.

Public education is one of the most dangerous of all government programs.

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