Over the past 15 years, revenue from student tuition has tripled, public student debt has ballooned (reaching $28 billion by 2012) and working conditions for campus staff have deteriorated. It's time for renewal in our post-secondary education sector to address decades of bad policy choices.
How is climate change and sustainability being taught, practiced and promoted in educational institutions across the country? To help answer that question, this issue of Our Schools/Our Selves profiles some of the work of the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) at the University of Saskatchewan, and its flagship program, the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (sepn.ca). This collection is sure to be invaluable to educators and students keen to address this topic as workers, as students, as unionists, as activists, and as community members.
In Maththatmatters2, David Stocker has crafted another 50 lessons linking mathematics and social justice. For educators keen to provide rich learning opportunities and differentiated content that engages students with their lived realities, these lessons are sure to spark meaningful discussions—and action.
The need to “tighten our belts” is heard so often in the public sector, it is pretty much accepted without question. This is certainly the case for Canadian universities: actions such as raising tuition fees, cutting programs, increasing class sizes and workloads, closing defined benefit pension plans, cutting salaries, discontinuing library subscriptions, and replacing tenure track positions with casual academic staff are seen as regrettable but necessary when claims of challenging fiscal times are repeated over and over.
Looking for BC Update and BC Commentary? Look no further. We’ve combined the two to create BC Solutions. Through this new publication, we’re pleased to be better able to keep you up-to-date on research, events and other goings-on at the CCPA–BC Office. In this issue:
On October 28th, an unusual joint statement was released by the University of Manitoba (U of M) administration and the union representing faculty, the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA). Unusual because these two entities are in the middle of bargaining a collective agreement and one would expect each side to be posturing against the other. No, they haven’t reached an agreement.
The fall 2016 issue of OS/OS focuses on history: how it’s taught in classrooms across the country; how it could be taught; what’s left out; and who is challenging convention. The issue brings together students, teachers, academics and administrators in a conversation about how the teaching of history has evolved, how the past and present interrelate, and how grand narratives are both created and disrupted.
First published on CBC website October 14, 2016
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press, Sept 28, 2016 The recent death of Larry Morrissette is a major loss, not only to his family and friends but also to the many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people that he has worked closely with in recent decades in efforts to re-build Winnipeg’s inner city and revitalize Indigenous cultures.
Our public finance policy analyst Alex Hemingway discussed BC school funding at the PANVancouver forum of August 31, 2016. Read his analysis of BC's education funding crisis here.