My Students Don’t Live in Their Parents Basement

Stephen Poloz, of the Bank of Canada, had a rather tone deaf line the other day:

“If your parents are letting you live in the basement, you might as well go out and do something for free to put the experience on your CV.”


That’s great for people who can do that, but most of my students live on their own, often with kids, and have been doing so for years.

I understand where he’s coming from, and who he’s talking to, but it betrays a bias that he needs to get over. By saying things like this he’s ignoring the huge number of students who are barely getting by through their education, and are only going to school because they know it’s the route to a job that doesn’t pay minimum wage.