Economics

A Lack of Trust in Science — National Structural Issues Exposed by Covid-19 Series, Part 1

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed unsustainable ideas and practices, complete economic structures build on poor and ill-thought foundations. Across a short series of articles I’m going to examine these issues. Here is part one.

One of the first structural issues exposed by Covid-19 is a broad lack of trust in science. We’ve seen this over and over again in so many ways, first with climate change and now with the Covid-19 pandemic. At least it is something that scientists are widely aware of and much discussion has occurred on it, such as in this workshop proceedings from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

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Casualisation of the Workforce — National Structural Issues Exposed by Covid-19 Series, Part 2

Over my working life there have been massive changes in the workforce and its structure. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s there was plenty of work, salaries and salary increases were good and living costs were moderate. Jump forward to today and the picture is very different.

This article examines the move of many jobs to the so-called gig economy, how it has come about and what are the consequences.

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Higher Education Is in Trouble, And Should Be — Higher Education is Broken, Let’s Disrupt it and Build a Better Model of Adult Education Series, Part 1

This series of articles examines the deep and profound structural issues in post-secondary and adult education, examines the disruptive forces at work and works towards a new model of adult education that can truly work for all.

In part one I outline the broad issues at play and the signs that the crunch as arrived.

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Lack of Forward Planning — National Structural Issues Exposed by Covid-19 Series, Part 3

Governments are made up of people, and so a government can exhibit all the same ‘personality traits’ that people do. They can be self-absorbed, naturally defensive, forgetful, distracted, following the wrong path, overwhelmed or completely sociopathic. We’ve seen all of the above from governments during Covid-19. Like people, governments need to be encouraged, and sometimes forced, onto a path of introspection, analysis and then self-improvement.
This short series of articles examines the deep, long hidden structural issues that many countries have, that have been exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This part looks at the forward planning that should have been done, but of course wasn’t.

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Rising Student Numbers Have Harmed Universities -Higher Education is Broken Series, Part 2

This series of articles examines the deep and profound structural issues in post-secondary and adult education, examines the disruptive forces at work and works towards a new model of adult education that can truly work for all.
Here is part two. This article looks at how rising student numbers, in combination with the inherent structural problems of universities, has broken higher education

The data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics shows the percentage of 18–23 year old’s in higher education.

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