International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: Bringing Facts, Not Coffee, to the Table
The Star has an article about a new report being released in Ontario that goes some distance to combatting the notion that university degrees are not preparing people properly for the workforce. While lately there have been a number of reports giving the impression that university graduates are unable to find employment beyond being a barrista, in reality, it seems that university graduates are more destined for jobs in their field, with higher salaries, than those with other credentials, including community colleges.

University graduates also earn almost a million dollars more over their lifetimes than their community college equivalents, and almost one and a half million more than those with only a high school diploma.

Around the Globe:British State Schools Better Than Independants
Here in North America, it is generally believed that people who have the money to send their children to private schools are getting a better education for their kids. However, recently in The Independant, it was reported that this does not seem to match with reality over in the U.K. The study found that children who came from independent schools (the equivalent of our private schools) were like to do worse than students who have the same grades that came from state schools.

Perhaps the idea that a privately run education is necessarily better is merely a myth propogated by those very schools which hope to get your money. No reasons for the differences in post-secondary attainment were examined. However, when we remember that parents have no easy way of confirming whether their children are getting a good information, and combine that with the expectation that private schools make our kids perform better, it does not seem unexpected that private schools may simply be artificially inflating the grades of their students in order to please their paying customers: the parents.