Interesting blog post about the strike

Privilege and the Picket line: Why I’m on strike

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

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  1. The TA Strike at the University of Toronto

    The current teaching assistant strike at the University of Toronto and the one just concluded at York University must be seen in the context of a chronic structural problem in higher education. The problem is not confined to Ontario. It extends to all of Canada and indeed most of the “rich” countries of the world, whose young generation is getting poorer by the day. The lack of good jobs directs an ever increasing number of secondary school graduates to university. Governments support the idea with miserly scholarships that are yet better than nothing. But too often a university education turns out to be only a stop-gap measure that delays the student’s entry into the growing market of low-security, high-turnover, often part-time service jobs, ranging from serving coffee to telemarketing. One “solution” the Ontario government and others have found is to extend the young people’s stay in fool’s paradise, by funding more positions in graduate school. In my own Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, we were openly encouraged last year to admit as many master’s students as possible, so the University can benefit from provincial funding dedicated to this end.

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