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University of British Columbia students are silhouetted as they wait to enter a ceremony where they received their degrees during a fall convocation ceremony.
University of British Columbia students are silhouetted as they wait to enter a ceremony where they received their degrees during a fall convocation ceremony.
(DARRYL DYCK FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

TODD HIRSCH

Forget reforming universities. Let’s reform the students

As another academic year begins, debate is sure to flare up on the shortfalls of postsecondary education. Countless white papers and editorials have been written on how universities and colleges are failing us and why the economy will suffer as a result.

It’s easy to criticize schools for being out of touch with the economy of 2014, and certainly changes could be made. But students are also responsible for their learning and becoming the workers of the future.