ukcanuck wrote:Listercat wrote:Go live in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and see what socialist governments have done to their countries. Financial crisis after crisis. For every $ spent by governments someone who actually works has to pay for it. Socialists do not understand how wealth is created. Read some Adam Smith FFS.
Who's talking about socialism?
That's just a red herring. Its not about stealing from the rich to give to the poor or a redistribution of wealth. all we are talking about here is a reasonable investment in people so basic health, welfare and education needs are met by the wealth generated from GDP and crown resources.
look at education in BC. Since Gordo education investment has flatlined.. The recent budget allows for a 1% increase I believe... Yet since 2000 technology has completely
Rewritten the book on educating the young. Smart phones alone has changed the landscape never mind all the changes in resources from soup to nuts...
Do you think a BC classroom or highschool compares favourably to world class standards after being starved for money for the last dozen years ??
You won't get an argument from me about meeting basic education and healthcare needs. Seriously, you won't. But I think the welfare system in this country is so badly abused that it needs a total revamp, the answer is not to throw more money at it.
As for technology and education, I encourage you to look at the studies that show strong correlations between advancing technology and obesity in children. Smart phones shouldn't even be in a child's hand at school. There is nothing wrong with using technology as a tool for learning, but not to the point where children, hell, even adults, become dependent upon it and it begins to erode the basic social skills required to actually interact with someone in person and not via a device.
As for a BC classroom being stacked up beside a world class system. No, it might not. But then again, a 2010 study puts Canadian education in the top 10 in the world.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... -rank.html
The Globe and Mail noted, in 2010, that Ontario's education system earned a world ranking of "great" while actually managing to spend thousands of dollars less per pupil than other education systems that only earned a ranking of "good".
http://www.troymedia.com/2012/02/06/can ... the-world/
This above links to an article that gives a similar report in 2012.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/nat ... cle567927/
So maybe more money really isn't the answer....