Saturday, October 17, 2009
Canada is "the lucky country", according to David Naylor.
The soft-spoken University of Toronto president believes - despite its cold fronts, high taxes and maddening federal structure - Canada has the worst system of government, except for all the others.Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/10/16/john-ivison-canada-failing-in-university-grad-stakes.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage#ixzz0UDic27CS by MikeMurphy
Targeted higher education areas are important rather than the overall number of degrees. How many Women's Studies grads ever get real jobs that increase productivity. We do get lots of propaganda from them though.
I am concerned more with the underlying statistics. Most every invention of any worth was created by a man. I am not knocking women by any means but this is a fact. How many men are currently enrolled in university as opposed to females. In the USA on average for every 148 degrees to a woman there is 100 for men. It is more pronounced in the undergrad and MA levels but is still higher at PhD levels in favour of females. I was hoping to see a breakdown on this for Canada as it is very important to understand the demographics. A good example is related to Doctors. Pumping out more Doctors isn't necessarily the total answer to the Doctor shortage. Female Doctors work fewer hours than males (presumably for family related needs) and this is not a criticism. I raised two children as a stay-at-home dad for 10 years and it was a wonderful experience. What is important to know is the ratio of male to female because if one gender works fewer hours we need more Doctors overall to compensate. In other words we cannot use male Doctor hours worked to calculate the answer.
What obstacles are in the way of men to achieve higher participation rates for University? Where does it start? A boy is unlikely to see a male teacher over his first 8 years of school. Does this play a role later in life?
R&D along with science is the area where we need focus. I would not want to suggest all other degrees (except lawyers) are not useful, because they are a measurement of someones discipline to achieve greater knowledge, which is not easy.