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We need to stop coddling our kids if we want Canada to become a nation of entrepreneurs

Oct 26, 2017

Anthony Lacavera is the founder and chairman of Globalive and co-chair of NEXT Canada.

The life cycle of an entrepreneur begins in the education system – not the university lecture hall, but the primary school classroom. And there is perhaps no place where egalitarianism is more prominent than in early education. While I fully support providing all children with the appropriate amount of nurturing, guidance and praise they need to flourish, I also believe that we have a duty to those who show higher potential to recognize their talents, guide their growth and make available all the resources we have as mentors and education providers. As a result, the ripple effect of this will undoubtedly instill some level of healthy competition among burgeoning innovative Canadians.

This isn't to say that the Canadian education system isn't good. We have one of the best in the world, and according to the exams administered by the OECD to 15-year-olds in 72 countries, Canadian kids are among the smartest, ranking second in the world in reading, seventh in science and tenth in math. Like our early education system, our postsecondary institutes are consistently ranked among the highest in the world. Times Higher Education world rankings recently placed the University of Toronto as twenty-second in the world and McGill University as forty-second.

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