The President's Blog

The value of education

March 1st, 2016

As a life-long educator, I have never questioned the value of an education. I have experienced and observed the transformative nature of education on many occasions and in many different circumstances. All educators can point to a personal example where educational attainment has had a lasting and powerful impact on the lives of an individual and their family. However, we often forget to look beyond the personal and individual context to truly identify the value of education from a broader societal context.

Monday’s announcement outlining the state of Saskatchewan’s finances, the increasing provincial deficit, and the upcoming provincial election will foster a discussion about priorities and where we should be spending our finite resources. There will always be competing forces advocating for investments and expenditures in their own realm. Politicians, and the policy makers who advise them, will need to weigh the options and determine the best course of action.

Perhaps my personal and professional background create a somewhat biased perspective, but I cannot help advocating for education. A strong investment in education is foundational to both individual wellbeing and the collective good. Early childhood education, Pre-K-to-12 education, essential skills training, and post-secondary education all play a vital role in ensuring a healthy and prosperous future for our province. In spite of the recent economic downturn, we cannot turn our back on the value of education. A strong investment in the education sector will definitely result in some of the best dividends!

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