Restating the Case for General Education (Le Devoir)

By Blandine Parchemal – PhD student in Philosophy at the Université de Montréal, President of the Association des étudiants en philosophie de l’Université de Montréal
Originally published on: January 3, 2015
Original French article: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/le-devoir-de-philo/427984/renouveler-le-plaidoyer-pour-la-formation-generale

The University of Berlin model, developed by the philosopher Schleiermacher, went against the more specialized ethos of the medieval universities.  

Twice a month, Le Devoir challenges lovers of philosophy, history and the history of ideas to decipher a current issue by relying upon an important thinker’s theories. 

Last September, the Liberal government announced 172 million dollars in budget cuts to Quebec’s university system. The impact of these record-breaking cutbacks on teaching will be felt as early as this winter and more acutely in 2016. At Université de Montréal, the 2014-2015 budget had to be reduced by 24,6 million. To be specific, UdeM’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences were ordered to downsize lecturing staff by 50 teachers for the winter 2015 semester and by 150 for the following year. Consequently, there are great worries concerning the quality and depth of scholarship.
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While We Await the Minister of Education’s Proposals (Voir)

By Normand Baillargeon
Originally published on: January 8, 2015
See original French version here: http://voir.ca/chroniques/prise-de-tete/2015/01/08/en-attendant-les-propositions-du-ministre-de-leducation/

If we are to believe Philippe Couillard’s statement, our Minister of Education, Yves Bolduc, will soon be presenting an educational platform that will guide the Quebec Liberals for the coming years.

To propose a vision of education is admittedly a tall order. With that in mind, I will humbly use the following few lines at my disposal to outline four ideas that are simple yet crucial, in my opinion, and that I would like to find inscribed in the minster’s vision.
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