If scrapping the current CÉGEP system were to go along with a massive reduction in class sizes for introductory classes at our universities and a concomitant increase in the pay (and education requirements) for high school teachers, it might not be such a bad idea. But, as it stands, it’s a remarkably stupid idea. Under this new regime, my kids would spend an extra year in high school with tapped-out teachers who’ve long since given them all they have to give, and an extra year in university with poorly-paid part-timers who can barely make rent, much less remember my kid’s name. At CÉGEP, our kids get the full attention of highly-qualified professionals who are not subjected to the soul-crushing forces of the academic rat race (e.g., the pressure to publish a steady stream of forgettable crap, to devote two months out of every calendar year to SSHRC applications, to attend at least two pointless academic conferences a year). This makes CÉGEP profs uniquely able to do something that’s increasingly rare these days: we actually get to teach.
—John Faithful Hamer, Blue Notes (2016)