Quebec parties vs. education
François Legault wants kids to be in high school from 9 to 5 – training them, I suppose, for the extended boredom of many jobs. Incredibly, he’s pitching this as a plan to counter Quebec’s high dropout rate, which suggests Mr. Legault doesn’t have many memories of his high school years. A scheme like this could wreck kids who already have trouble keeping their attention on school subjects from 9 till 3, plus it would be rough on kids with jobs after school, or who look after younger siblings while their parents work.
Meantime, Pauline Marois is hoping to extend the educational restrictions of Bill 101 to the CEGEP level. While I accept the necessity to block access to English in Quebec, for “des p’tits Tremblay, Nguyen, et Karim de jouer ensemble avec le même accent” as Marois put it a few days ago, extending this past the age of majority is a fool’s errand. You can’t maintain a culture for long by enforcing ignorance.