Interesting blog post about the strike

2015-03-13

in Economics, Politics, Toronto

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

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. March 14, 2015 at 12:28 am
. March 14, 2015 at 10:47 pm

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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