Are you a new teacher wondering when - or if - you’ll ever get the job you trained for?
If so, I've got something to share.
Katie Hyslop, a knowledgeable education beat reporter with Canadian online newsmagazine The Tyee,” has just published an interesting piece full of ideas and information that could help new education grads.
It could also help if you’re currently considering or now studying in this field.
The next few years will bring continued steep increases for post-secondary schooling for most Canadian students and their families. That's the outlook in Tier for Two, a new report from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
If Canada's current government policies and trends continue, warn Erika Shaker and David Macdonald in their new report, Tier for Two, the next 4 years will see an increase of 13% in average undergrad tuition and related fees.
If you're a new Canadian grad searching for extra ways to pay off that student loan debt, check out Canada's provincial tuition rebate programs. Who couldn't use an extra $20,000 or $25,000?
I'll list the universal programs here - the ones most grads can obtain.
Some provinces, such as BC, only offer rebates, debt reduction or partial loan forgiveness just to small groups of people. An example recent grads working in B.C.'s civil service (the 'Pacific Leaders' program).
No story I've heard about student loans matches the one about the guy called 'Fried Potatoes.' You know, the direct action aficionado who erased half a billion dollars in student debt - as an art project!
It's a much more colourful version of Occupy's debt freedom project. Remember? When they bought people's student debt at the commercial price (5 or 10% of face value) and cheaply freed some lucky Americans from their heavy student loan debts?
I'm glad to hear Nova Scotia will stop charging interest on provincial student debt, t least for eligible students.
May Update: And it's about time, since youth unemployment and student debt are both above the national average. Grads are now leaving Nova Scotia. While most still remain, something must change when 1 in 5 Nova Scotia university grads earns less than $18,000 a year. (Source: May 3, 2014 Chronicle Herald, Halifax).
Finally, some good news for arts and humanities grads.
It seems that they won't have to work as many minimum-wage hours as most other grads to pay for their degree!
Now they've got ammunition for those online discussions about student debt. You know, the ones where the trolls blame indebted grads for taking arts and humanities. Quit whining, they yell, you just had to take engineering.
By the simple law of supply and demand, I'd guess that if everyone took engineering, it would soon pay a buck an hour. But that's still theoretical.