The Conference Board of Canada released a report on education and skills in Canada. This isn’t the first report they’ve done. According to their method of ranking countries, Canada ends up second overall (behind Finland) on their report card.
They flesh out education and workplace skills, including a report card rating for math, science, equity, and gender gaps among other categories.
With a detailed analysis of statistics, they have quite a few interactive graphics available for the reader to manipulate and ponder. One graph (not interactive) which I found interesting was the comparison of earning potential for people with high school, college, and university education:
The Conference Board outlines what it believes are Canada’s strengths:
1. delivering a high quality education for ages 5-19 with modest spending;
2. strong high school completion rates;
3. equity in learning (for students with different languages);
4. equity in learning (for schools with varying resource bases).
The Conference Board also fleshes out Canada’s weaknesses:
1. improvement in workplace skills and lifelong education training;
2. improved graduation rates for PhD’s in math, science, engineering, and computer sciences;
3. improved rate of return on university education – which will in turn improve graduation/completion rates at university level;
4. “learning recognition gap” needs to address skills and knowledge not formally recognized in this report card or by institutions (example they gave was foreigners arriving to Canada and their degrees/skills not being formally acknowledged).
I’m still delving deeply into this data – I know it will feed my current research and wend its way into my thesis.