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Nobody is responsible for national PSE direction in your country?


 

One of the more interesting discussions I had during my time in Qatar was with a senior Qatari official who is overseeing their Education City project.

He asked me who is in charge of higher education in Canada? I told him no one. He asked me if there was a government agency that fulfills this function. I told him no.

He seemed perplexed that a country our size has no direction on education.

He gets that it’s 2009. Unfortunately, we still act like it’s 1867.


 
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Nobody is responsible for national PSE direction in your country?

  1. And following WW2, a Russian official is rumoured to have visited England and in complete confusion over how things worked, desperately sought the person in charge of the bread supply to London.

    Of course, there is no such person, and I am confident saying that Londoners enjoy better and cheaper loaves because of it.

    Besides, haven’t we recently all kicked up a fuss about government officials getting involved with university practices, see: MUN presidential search?

  2. *shrugs*

    Education is more of a provincial responsibility anyway.

  3. “He gets that it’s 2009.” I must have missed something. Was 2009 declared the Year of the Federal Bureaucracy?

  4. Suggesting that university education is the sole responsibility of government is ridiculous. To suggest that university education is the sole responsibility of private interests is ridiculous. It’s this silly ideological stalemate that stops effective action from taking place.

    Government needs to make sure that education is affordable and accessible. Private interests need to make sure that education is efficient and of high quality.

    Comparing education to bread? Great job boiling down a complex issue into a sound bite. Not helpful.

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