Canadian Workforce Lacking In Basic Numeracy Skills

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Canada’s workforce has experienced a troubling slide in literacy and numeracy skills, despite higher levels of education and improvements in learning technology, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: More Educated, But Less Skilled Canadians,” author Parisa Mahboubi compares results of international surveys from 2003 and 2012 and finds Canadians’ skill levels declining across all age cohorts studied.

The report shows that aging and generational differences, such as in education quality and work environment, largely contribute to these declines. Skills erode with age at an accelerated rate, intensifying the negative impact of aging population on average performance. As well, recent generations of Canadians achieved lower scores in literacy and numeracy, regardless of education level.

“More education does not necessarily guarantee more skills: educational attainment, which is generally defined as the highest degree an individual has completed, and skills attainment are trending in the opposite direction,” states Mahboubi, who believes that lowering the admission bar for post-secondary institutions is among the factors contributing to declining skills levels.

  • Exile1981

    Also the number of ‘post secondary’ immigrants with degrees from 3rd world universities has increased.

    Plus a higher % of Canadian youths are getting degress in the various worthless ‘studies’ degrees.

    • Uneducated migrants can only make the economy better!


      And let’s not forget the puppy mills. I meant schools.

      • Exile1981

        A business owner I know was bringing in fillipinos to work in his bakery, no one else wants to work nights in a small town for crap wages. He can no longer do that as they now must have a certificate as a chef to be brought in under the TFW program.

        So the government suggested a guy with the proper credentials from Morocco. Turns out you can get a chefs certificate for $20 from a registered college in Morocco and so he showed up with no skills and no ability to cook at all. In his mind that was women’s work.

        So they filed the paperwork to send him back (he was scary crazy) and then they got him a plain ticket home and sent him off… except when he got to the airport he never boarded the plane. So they tracked him down and told the feds where he was in Calgary and rather than deporting his ass for fraud and failing to leave they let him declare refugee status when they picked him up. Now this nut is wandering around the calgary streets.

        My original point was in those 3rd world shit holes you can buy a degree for cheap amounts without having any knowledge.

        • And find a willing Western country willing to put up with this crap.

          We need an asteroid.

          • Exile1981

            SMOD, I’m thinking it’s the most humane way to deal with how screwed up our society has become lately.

          • If it hit Toronto, I could live with that.

    • Starlord

      Like this one?
      Agree with 3rd world degrees.. Mostly shit and that is a fact.

    • Watchman

      The inability for that new immigrant with a STEM degree to understand your simple technical directions might not be due to English not being their first language:

      I remember 2 guys I knew who visited a South Asian country for 6 months on a sabbatical at a Engineering faculty in a university there. After they returned they requested our country’s Professional Engineer organisation to stop recognising this country’s engineering accreditation due to the massive corruption and lack of standards they discovered there.

      • Exile1981

        I’ve seen the same thing, a lot of them have no idea how to design things or even basic principles and it seems to be that they didn’t go to school they just were given the degree.

      • Consider that even credentials from this country aren’t recognised province to province.

        Gong show doesn’t begin to describe Canada.

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  • terrence22

    “More education does not necessarily guarantee more skills: educational attainment, which is generally defined as the highest degree an individual has completed, and skills attainment are trending in the opposite direction,” states Mahboubi, who believes that lowering the admission bar for post-secondary institutions is among the factors contributing to declining skills levels.”

    “LOWERING THE ADMISSION BAR FOR POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS IS AMONG THE FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO DECLINING SKILLS LEVELS ” I am, shocked, SHOCKED, I say, what a maroon (I am sorry for insulting maroons) – to say that lowering the admission bar contributes to declining skill levels. What else does he THINK that would do? RAISE THEM?

    • He probably does.

    • Tooth&Claw

      You need consistent practice to become effective at solving mathematical problems. You need constant practice in finding that transcription error, missed decimal, inverted 6/9.
      That’s what is missing IMHO. They teach the theory, do a couple of practice problems and move on. There isn’t the time spent on practice there used to be.

      • Jaedo Drax

        Because there is no pattern to the math curriculum. One week you are doing addition, next week you do shapes, then you do subtraction, followed by adding money, then reading a clock, etc.

        you end up with no grasp of the basics, and then when you have to do something complicated, you need a calculator.

  • CoolTolerance

    They can’t write and they can’t count.
    I’ve seen this with my own eyes: 12 + 10 = Calculator.
    But they’re real good at protesting.

    • marty_p

      The average cashier has no clue how to make change – the cash register does it for them.
      They’ve even dumb’d down the McDonald’s cash register to the point that the counter person touches a picture of the food item.

  • Millie_Woods

    Post-secondary institutions are failing at teaching ‘basic numeracy skills’?? It used to be taught in K -12. The liberals have utterly annihilated what used to be one of the best education systems in the world.

  • Dave

    If schools spent more time teaching the 3 R’s, as it affectionally known, instead of the joys af anal sex and victimology, things might start to turn around.
    But we know this won’t happen in a liberal enviroment.

  • Watchman

    Of course numeracy is going to suffer: it must do so since it is an artefact of white patriarchal supremacy: “White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says”

    Secondly, there are only a limited number of face-to-face teaching hours in a school day. Every minute teaching literacy or numeracy is one less minute teaching Socialism, Critical Studies, teaching how minorities are eternally repressed by a white patriarchy, teaching sexual practices, and how to exercise transgenderism. Something has to give and the racist literacy and numeracy must go.

  • just_one_Sewer Rat_guy

    Brutal math skills? You don’t say! My daughters were learning in gr. 7&8 shit that I was learning in gr. 3&4.
    I am starting to be impressed when we get a new hire that can actually read a tape measure, and knows things like: 3/8ths is bigger than 1/4. How to find the average of something? Forget it. Apparently, the average IQ level in Canada is now down to around 100. It used to be 120. And if this seems scattered, it’s because I’m still trying to wake up, and am only just starting my second cup of coffee.

    • mauser 98

      history of European explorers , discoveries and there science now expunged scrubbed wiped out of Canadian schools…just too damn white

    • Watchman

      Yes, but did you know how to properly use a condom in grades 3 & 4, or the ins and outs of anal sex at that age? There is only a limited time each day to teach the important things in life. /sarc

      • just_one_Sewer Rat_guy

        They really didn’t need to. They just showed us pictures of Sally Struthers, and what would happen if you didn’t suit up. It stayed on until gr. 7.

    • shasta

      “It used to be 120” Have a source for that? – While I agree with your general observations I think that is a bit of a stretch. Perhaps you were referring to university graduates in the humanities.

      • just_one_Sewer Rat_guy

        No, it was a few decades ago I recall reading about it, and the number always stuck in my head for some reason. The actual number was 122, but I figured 120 was close enough.

        • shasta

          The average IQ is 100. an average of 120 is more than 1 standard deviation from the normal for a developed nation. We would have been cleaning up with all those Nobel prizes if it were true.

  • Malcolm Y

    Wonder if he/she has a daughter Feel Mahboubi.

  • BillyHW

    But thank god we all know how to masturbate with carrots!