Scrapping CÉGEP?

IMG_3390If 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)

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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