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Skills gap? What skills gap?

In advance of budget day Thursday, a debate is heating up over the extent to which Canada is really experiencing a skills gap. Maclean's argues that B.A.s who are overqualified for service jobs are taking jobs from the less educated without being able to fill gaps in science or technical industries. Meanwhile, as Alex Usher points out in this blog, most of the occupations predicted to experience labour shortages will require B.A.s.

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Reaching the back of the class

A teacher explains why the traditional question and answer method of getting students to participate often leads to the same student hands going up. Waiting longer before calling on students, asking questions that are open-ended and incorporating technology that allows for anonymous answers are three solutions to get the shy kids to speak up.

Carrot sticks and nori wraps

A gallery of what kids in the U.K. got for their lunch this week – so far, the picture are magazine quality, not a baloney sandwich among them.

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Postsecondary Education Reporter

Simona Chiose covers postsecondary education for The Globe and Mail. She was previously the paper’s Education Editor, coordinating coverage of all aspects of education, from kindergarten to college and university. She has a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto. More


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