Matt Hennigar 
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Re: “Two decades of world-class delusion

Many great points in your article. To further stir things up please watch. http://on.ted.com/cmuT. Mr. Li compares the Chinese approach to grooming regional leaders through years of progressively increasing responsibility to our western system of popularity contests democracy. Guess who has the resume and track record to do their job? Not our leaders.

I agree education is key however that should not be construed as free university for all. Fix the P to 12 first. That requires a decade or more of tweaking before there is any benefit to increasing access to university. Run school all year and figure out how to reward teachers for performance instead of for tenure.

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Posted by Matt Hennigar on 10/05/2013 at 9:12 AM

Re: “The politics of BULLSHIT

Why is it so easy to write about what we want and so awkward to discuss what we are willing to give up to get it?

Dexter refers to a poll in which Nova Scotians indicated they support green energy. Do you think the question mentioned anything about cost?

We want free tuition and lower tax rates. How do you balance that equation?

The debate should focus on figuring what we collectively wish to give up to free up cash for the things we want.
What will you give up to reduce the HST? Not so easy is it?

On the topic of free school..... I only support lowering tuition under the German model. Give the most likely to succeed students the tools they need. Google it. It just makes sense.

Did you notice the cost of servicing debt is nearly equal to our education budget? Translation: if we owed half as much, the funding would be available to increase education spending by nearly 50%.

Don't think about it for too long as the ballooning health care costs will eat that up in a matter of years. Maybe if more nurses were trained, the cost of hiring them would be lower... Sounds like supply and demand. Assisted suicide could free up some resources to care for sick children..... Another inconvenient topic.

Want the schools to churn out smarter youngsters? Adopt a year round school schedule. No need to launch a study. Just Google it (15 percent drop in Reading and math for children at the poverty line over summer break) or dial up the issue on Ted.com.

Then ask yourself why the nstu places a higher priority on preserving a 2 month summer vacation for their membership than on providing the best chance for the poor youngsters. By the way, they are not shy about their opinion on class sizes.

Nothing will happen quickly until we focus on how to build a smarter more disciplined workforce trained to do the jobs we need done and we begin talking about what we are willing to give up to get new services.

Alternatively we can hang out and expect everything to come without consequence or tough decisions.... No that sounds like entitlement doesn't it?

What do you think?

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Posted by Matt Hennigar on 10/05/2013 at 12:34 AM

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