TheSpec.com LogoBy Bonnie Patterson. Tim Hudak’s attack on university education misses the point: Higher learning of any kind almost always pays off. It appears commonplace for politicians to question the value of university education. When I reflect on the positions taken, I always return to how university changed my life. As a rather rebellious teenager who left home at 15, I was fortunate to have mentors in my life who pushed me to explore higher education. I became the first in my family to go on to postsecondary – university in my case – and experienced the transformative power of higher education first-hand. It was this experience that led me to dedicate my life to the mission of the university: to give back to the community, broaden young minds, and help students find their passion and what they’re good at. That doesn’t happen overnight; it doesn’t happen quickly. These are the cornerstones of what makes our society and economy strong. Read more...