Go to high school, then go to college and you will get a good job. You’ve heard that same advice from your parents your whole life. Up to a few years ago that saying still had some merit.
But in today’s world with a struggling economy and a fragile job market, it’s no longer true. If the Ontario government has its way in the next couple of years, college tuition will increase by at least three per cent a year.
When you enter the fourth grade, you are usually starting to learn to multiply and divide. When I entered fourth grade, I learned the reason I couldn’t read or write or learn my times tables.
When you are in Grade 12, you find out which colleges and universities have accepted you or who is taking you to the prom.
When I was in Grade 12, I found out why I could never hear my teachers when I sat at the back of the classroom and why I always had to ask someone to repeat the things they were saying.
“All these moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain” are some of the last words uttered by the replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
These days, you could substitute “moments” with “social justice campaigns taken up for a few days by concerned white people on the Internet” and it would ring true.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making Canada an international pariah when it comes to the environment.
Last March, the Harper government decided to withdraw Canada from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The program was intended to fight the effects of drought and desertification. Canada’s contribution to this program was only $350,000, much less than the millions the government has spent promoting itself through its Economic Action Plan commercials.
The years we spend in college or university are supposed to be the best years of our lives.
We spend all our high school years just waiting to escape, waiting for our freedom, and then we have to think of all the debts we might have after those college or university years.
As this academic year comes to an end, we find ourselves worrying and stressing more than having fun. We find ourselves thinking about how much money we’ve spent this year and where we are going to work during the summer to pay for our next year of college.