uWaterloo professor takes on common myths about Canada’s universities

March 29, 2016

Today’s students are lazy, their instructors rely too heavily on YouTube videos and trendy pop-culture courses, and administrators don’t care either way as long as the tuition fees keep rolling in. These are examples of common higher ed criticisms that University of Waterloo Professor Aimée Morrison works to debunk in an interview with CBC. One of the main reasons for such criticism, she notes, is that the opening of higher ed to traditionally underrepresented or underprivileged groups has required a reevaluation of traditional roles. “Higher education is supposed to be a tool of social mobility,” she concludes, “so that is where we have an ethical obligation to really reach out and teach those students, particularly the ones who are struggling because often they come from less privileged backgrounds.” CBC (Audio)