Posts by Suzanne Smythe

Suzanne Smythe

About Suzanne Smythe

Suzanne Smythe is Assistant Professor in Adult Literacy and Adult Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include implications of austerity for adult literacy education, adult literacy police and digital learning, equity and access. Follow Suzanne on Twitter

Adult education in BC: A Canadian outlier

Feb 6, 2017
Thankfully for their residents, not every province handles adult education like BC where the government has eroded access to high-school level courses for adults while other provinces are making basic education more accessible. In mid January, the Province of Ontario announced policy changes to make adult education more affordable and to ensure that low and… View Article

Refugees are bringing new attention to the gaps in our social safety net

Jan 27, 2016
As we welcome refugees in larger numbers this year, the spotlight is turned on our disintegrating social infrastructure. For example, Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) receive a monthly allowance equivalent to the provincial social assistance rates. A family of two adults and two children receives a maximum monthly shelter allowance of $700; families with four children… View Article

Who’s not coming to school this September?

Sep 8, 2015
Today is the first day of school and newspapers, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages are filled with photos of backpack-carrying children and well wishes from their community for a new school year. This celebration speaks to the importance we all place on learning, and on our collective effort to educate our children. It’s one of the most important… View Article

Where is Canada’s digital inclusion strategy?

Jul 23, 2015
When Alex first arrives at the drop-in computer class at his local neighbourhood house he’s never used a keyboard or surfed the Internet before. But he’s determined to learn so he can apply for government services he needs as a recently unemployed person with disabilities. Alex attends the weekly drop-in classes faithfully, working with a… View Article