My weekly column in The Chronicle Herald today concludes my three-part reflection on the critical role of education.
Adult learning should be as much a plank of our economy and our democracy as educating children. But the fact that we have to pay for remedial education in the workplace points to a problem in our education system. I take up this issue in my weekly column in The Chronicle Herald and, as chronic concerns about the skills gap in Nova Scotia become acute, I note what literacy advocates have known all along: that our low levels of literacy across the province are a barrier to employment and a real cap on our economic growth.
The $20 million being poured into a darkened mill in Cape Breton could keep the lights on in many rural schools. In a recent column in The Chronicle Herald, I argue that it’s unconscionable to see public money poured into a half-empty plant that’s not producing a dime’s worth of paper, especially when around the corner, schools are being closed for want of money. [Note: This post has been edited to include the text of the article rather than a link to the online article.] Continue reading