Canadian PSE an alternative to the Ivy League?

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Academica, Aug 7, 2014

A University of Toronto philosophy professor has contributed an op-ed to the Globe and Mail outlining some of the benefits of Canada’s PSE system. Mark Kingwell’s piece responds to a New Republic essay by former Yale professor William Deresiewicz that decries the Ivy League for producing “young people who are smart and talented and driven ... but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose.” Kingwell offers Canadian PSE as an alternative to elite US schools. He notes that Canadian institutions have their own problems but that “compared with elite American universities, where only the very rich can even think of playing, the costs and risks are low enough and the payoffs high enough that many more people can aspire to college education.” He notes that Canadian schools are climbing international rankings lists, and that Canada also has many institutions that offer “first-rate liberal-arts options” in smaller communities. Globe and Mail | New Republic