Canadian federal and provincial governments can take a bow. The provincial education systems have been very successful for many years, and getting even better at expanding access to tertiary studies. The latest OECD report comparing the educational attainment of the population in member countries shows Canada in a very positive perspective. And it is likely … More Kudos to the Canadian Education System
The following summary is reprinted with permission of the author and the (Canadian) Institute for Research on Public Policy. The essay, “The Enabling Society” written by social policy expert Peter Hicks, can be accessed by the link at the end of the summary. Summary:The Enabling Society Amid growing concerns over the potential impact of population … More From Welfare State to Enabling Society?
For many decades, social policy analysts have commented on the differences between European, especially Scandinavian, countries and North America, in relation to welfare state policies. In Canada and the USA a term like “welfare” tends to be a label for programs which give out small amounts of money to the poor, who nonetheless are viewed … More Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings
Thanks to President (and Michelle) Obama, February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month in the USA. Researchers and educators are warning of the pervasiveness of this problem and the consequences for the health and social adjustment of adolescent victims and perpetrators. These concerns and the connections to other forms of youth crime, violence and … More Teen Dating Violence: Are we making progress?
The OECD is encouraging member countries to increase educational attainment to support economic growth in the face of prospective economic slowdown. They also recommend broader access to higher levels of education to offset increasing economic inequality. Question is, are increased attainment and broader access complementary objectives? And are they attainable? OECD countries are spending more … More Education as Equalizer or Industry? New Issues and Challenges
There is reason to be optimistic about today’s youth, as well to take pride in how society encourages positive youth development. All in all, youth in North America seem to be doing quite well. But there is also reason to be concerned about how well the complex system of programs for “youth at risk” is … More Systemic Problems in Youth Services?