Pushing students into university may lead to depression

April 29, 2008

In the wake of Carleton University student Nadia Kajouji's apparent suicide, Jeff Ryback wonders what's going on in PSE that leaves so many students feeling stressed and hopeless. He argues that one cause may well be that there is too much societal and parental pressure on young people to attend university, when some of them don't belong there. Ryback says the best thing we can do for any student is to make it OK not to be a student. (See Ken's review of Jeff Rybak's recent book, What's Wrong with University.)  Maclean's OnCampus