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"Math wars", attacks on teacher unions, old-fashioned commercialism, standardized assessment, and surveillance: debates over education have always been heated. But these days, the very concept of public education, the students who are served by it and those employed in this sector are in many ways either being neglected or are under sustained attack by political and corporate elites. And as a result, privatization is no longer "creeping"--it is stampeding through entire school jurisdictions.
Graduate enrolment is steadily increasing in Manitoba, with more students electing to pursue post-graduate programs at both the Master’s and PhD level. The growth in graduate student population contributes much to the diversity and breadth of research done on university campuses. Additionally, once graduate students complete their course of study they contribute to the overall economic vitality of the province.  Despite increased enrolment, tuition and continuation fees prevent some students from accessing graduate programs.
Truthiness, a term coined by U.S. pop culture icon Stephen Colbert, refers to a personal opinion or belief that must be true, not because of the facts or data, but because you can feel it in your gut. In watching the launch of Manitoba’s new Building Futures curriculum, one can’t help but note its truthy origins.
This interactive tool allows you to compare how much tuition fees have increased by province and by degree since 1975.  
The latest issue of Our Schools/Our Selves Standardization Nation looks at who and what is left out of a narrow, outcomes-focused vision of education, and examines socioeconomic indicators that are often left out of the increasingly standards-based education debates.
By substantially raising EIA shelter rates and increasing child care spaces, new apprenticeship programs and support to social enterprises, the province is taking action to assist low income people to overcome barriers to education and employment.
Young people today in Canada face a reality vastly different from the one 20 or 30 years ago, economically and socially. This paper examines how young workers are experiencing various changing realities such as: student debt, precarious employment (unemployment, under-employment, and unwaged work), reduced job security (including unionization), rising inequality, changing wealth/debt dynamics and, less quantifiably, diminished social cohesion and community connection as a result of growing insecurity.
Restacking the Deck: Streaming by class, race and Gender in Ontario schools includes contributions by editors George Martell and David Clandfield, and Bruce Curtis, Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Alison Gaymes San Vicente, D.W. Livingstone and Harry Smaller. The book speaks about the need for a destreamed schooling reform because many students are not being served well by the present streamed system.
It’s no surprise that students today are feeling the pinch. The cost of tuition and ancillary fees, costs of living, and textbooks all increase year after year but we aren’t really seeing any substantial increases in the quality of higher education. We also aren’t seeing increased wages, leaving a growing gap in how we can pay for school.
Inside this issue: The Ombudsperson’s Report on Seniors Care: A Brief Analysis of the Government’s (Non)Response by Marcy Cohen and Janine Farrell Are we undermining our schools by not investing enough in education? by Iglika Ivanova BC’s GHG targets and LNG: not compatible by Marc Lee BC’s public sector pensions plans need to divest from fossil fuels by Marc Lee Are big-five forest firms about to get a windfall? by Ben Parfitt