Canada is now the global leader in higher education among young adults

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    Jul 23, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    "The United States has fallen from first to 12th in the share of adults ages 25 to 34 with postsecondary degrees, according to a new report from the College Board.

    Canada is now the global leader in higher education among young adults, with 55.8 percent of that population holding an associate degree or better as of 2007, the year of the latest international ranking. The United States sits 11 places back, with 40.4 percent of young adults holding postsecondary credentials. ...

    The United States ranks somewhat higher, sixth, among all nations when older adults are added to the equation, according to the report, which Caperton said would be the first of many annual reports charting progress toward the 2025 goal.

    But the report focuses more heavily on younger adults, who are feared to be the first generation in the modern era that will be less well-educated than their parents. ... "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/22/AR2010072201250.html



  • calibro

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    Jul 23, 2010 4:47 AM GMT
    but post-secondary degrees on their own do not directly correlate with success or prosperity, but rather as a whole they provide more of an opportunity for those things
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
    Postsecondary education serves a higher function than employment. I've had this conversation with friends, and we think it's important for personal development and becoming a more socially- and globally-minded person.

    In Canada and the US, it would be so easy to go through your entire life without exposure to different thoughts/ideas/systems, and higher education is what takes young people out of their conservative monoculture communities and agglomerates them in the top 3 metro areas. The internet has a similar impact nowadays, but doesn't teach critical thinking or force exposure to stuff you wouldn't necessarily search out yourself. Oh, Canada is #1 for hours spent online too!
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    Primary through high school is shit as far as learning about the world... it's mostly hell-raisers gaining crippling self-awareness causing them to raise more hell.

    That aside, associate degrees are worth less today than years ago.
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    Just another reason Canada kicks ass!

    Oh say can you see....
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    YAY CANADA!!! haha
  • disasterpiece

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    Jul 23, 2010 6:43 AM GMT
    Well that's just statistics.

    I mean schools in Canada, and especially in Quebec, are levelling downwards. I can't count more than 10 of the members of my entourage that can really write good french properly.

    Giving an education to the highest number of people is one thing. Giving a quality education to them is another...
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    Jul 23, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
    Oh wow! Perhaps I should attend college in Canada once I separate from the military.
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    Jul 23, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    disasterpiece saidWell that's just statistics.

    I mean schools in Canada, and especially in Quebec, are levelling downwards. I can't count more than 10 of the members of my entourage that can really write good french properly.

    Giving an education to the highest number of people is one thing. Giving a quality education to them is another...


    not sure your "entourage" is representative of Canada's educated youth.
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    Jul 23, 2010 6:57 AM GMT
    crazycool saidYAY CANADA!!! haha


    I fully agree YAY CANADA!

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    Jul 23, 2010 6:58 AM GMT
    Caslon15000 said"The United States has fallen from first to 12th in the share of adults ages 25 to 34 with postsecondary degrees, according to a new report from the College Board.

    Canada is now the global leader in higher education among young adults, with 55.8 percent of that population holding an associate degree or better as of 2007, the year of the latest international ranking. The United States sits 11 places back, with 40.4 percent of young adults holding postsecondary credentials. ...

    The United States ranks somewhat higher, sixth, among all nations when older adults are added to the equation, according to the report, which Caperton said would be the first of many annual reports charting progress toward the 2025 goal.

    But the report focuses more heavily on younger adults, who are feared to be the first generation in the modern era that will be less well-educated than their parents. ... "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/22/AR2010072201250.html




    Higher education is not "cool" in the US and costs "too much" and does not guarantee a job. Oh... and it's hard too. I just wanna play X-Box.





  • disasterpiece

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    Jul 23, 2010 7:01 AM GMT
    RST2009 said
    disasterpiece saidWell that's just statistics.

    I mean schools in Canada, and especially in Quebec, are levelling downwards. I can't count more than 10 of the members of my entourage that can really write good french properly.

    Giving an education to the highest number of people is one thing. Giving a quality education to them is another...


    not sure your "entourage" is representative of Canada's educated youth.


    Well... I worked in a high school for 4 years, I've been discussing with a lot of people involved in the educationnal system, I've been doing substitute teaching in high schools around my neighbordhood, and as innocent as it can sound, I read a lot of my friend' friends walls on Facebook, and let me tell you, that might not be representative of Canada's youth, but I'm sure it tells a lot more than numbers and percentages.
  • ProveMe2010

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    Jul 23, 2010 7:25 AM GMT
    tomk7 said
    Caslon15000 said"The United States has fallen from first to 12th in the share of adults ages 25 to 34 with postsecondary degrees, according to a new report from the College Board.

    Canada is now the global leader in higher education among young adults, with 55.8 percent of that population holding an associate degree or better as of 2007, the year of the latest international ranking. The United States sits 11 places back, with 40.4 percent of young adults holding postsecondary credentials. ...

    The United States ranks somewhat higher, sixth, among all nations when older adults are added to the equation, according to the report, which Caperton said would be the first of many annual reports charting progress toward the 2025 goal.

    But the report focuses more heavily on younger adults, who are feared to be the first generation in the modern era that will be less well-educated than their parents. ... "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/22/AR2010072201250.html




    Higher education is not "cool" in the US and costs "too much" and does not guarantee a job. Oh... and it's hard too. I just wanna play X-Box.







    Damn right it cost a lot. Compare the average debt load of a U.S. student versus any other student in any other nation on the planet earth.....