A recent study has been discussed in 24/7 Wall St. that indicates the world’s top ten most educated nations. It is interesting to see Canada top the list as the current world leader.
It’s important to know that this rating was given based on the proportion of the adult population with a college equivalent or higher education. What’s also evident here is that though Canada is on top of the list, we are not top of the list in Education spending, which is out of the ordinary (statistics show that, in general, if you throw money at this issue you’ll get the job done).
You an read the whole article here. Below is an excerpt of the article, the section on Canada itself.
>;; Pct. population with tertiary education: 51%
>;; Average annual growth rate (2000-2010): 2.4% (5th lowest)
>;; GDP per capita: $39,050 (11th highest)
Canada is the only nation where more than half of all adults had a tertiary education in 2010. This was up from 40% of the adult population in 2000, when the country also ranked as the world’s most educated. Canada has managed to become a world leader in education without being a leader in education spending, which totaled just 6.1% of GDP in 2009, or less than the 6.3% average for the OECD. A large amount of its spending went towards tertiary education, on which the country spent 2.5% of GDP, trailing only the United States and South Korea. One of the few areas Canada did not perform well in was attracting international students, who made up just 6.6% of all tertiary students — lower than the OECD’s 8% average.
Just noticed a review of my book, Never More There, up at The Argosy from Mount Allison University in Sackville. Jennifer Musgrave has some interesting thoughts on the work itself. Here’s a snippet:
Rowe often breaks away from the traditional metre, sometimes going into straight prose, truly causing the reader to reconsider how we normally define poetry. He also makes skillful use of white space, line breaks, and other literary conventions to enhance the overall sound and metaphysical quality of his works. Such aspects give a certain voice and overall flow to his poems, giving the impression of expert editing.
In particular, Rowe’s poetry is able to capture the feelings and physical reactions one has to nature and sound. He is also quite skilled in realistically personifying nature as well as connecting the material sense of nature to our mental reality.
While I’m at it, I’ll mention that my book is also November’s Featured Book at Salty Ink, brainchild of Chad Pelley, an up and coming fiction writer based out of St. John’s. Thank you Mr. Pelley.
For anyone out there interested in formal or metrical poetry I’ve recently stumbled across an online magazine that deals in just that.
Rhythm Poetry Magazine is a small, but dedicated publication that seeks metrical poetry, with a slight focus on Canadian writing. The magazine is a quarterly and published multiple poems from each author per issue.
I suggest you take a look at it and see for yourself.
I’ve recently been in contact with Nigel McLoughlin, the managing editor of Iota, a quarterly poetry magazine based out of the University of Gloucestershire. A poem of mine has appeared here before and I’m quite delighted to have two more appearing in the next issue. Both of these poems are a part of the manuscript I’ve been working on over the last year or so, entitled Preservations. The publication credits are building up.
Also, I’m not sure if I posted an update on this or not, but my first book, the above mentioned manuscript, will be published in Fall 2009 by Nightwood Editions in B.C. I’m excited about it and look forward to the entire process. Be sure that come next year you keep an eye on bookshelves near you. Of course, with the use of Amazon and other online sources you need never leave home to enjoy.