More educating, less fundraising (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/25/2004

If employers are concerned about future skills shortages and the need to develop a workforce to compete in a global market, then the funding of Canadian schools should be an issue.

Whether the problem is hiring enough qualified teachers, providing basic supplies, keeping institutions clean and well-maintained or offering the full gambit of courses from physical education to music to math, school boards across the country are struggling to hold the system together. As a group, provincial governments haven’t provided the budgets necessary to get the job done. In addition to budget and program cutting, school boards have tried to be creative to get some of the cash legislatures have denied them.

That’s how soft drink and snack companies have filled schools with pop and chips, and why there’s a McDonald’s billboard at a high school in my neighbourhood. Unhealthy eating is the price Canadian kids are paying for these “creative” revenue streams.