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Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada

February 2005, number 6

The contribution of literacy to economic growth and individuals’ earnings

New research shows that investment in education and skills training is three times as important to economic growth over the long run as investment in physical capital, such as machinery and equipment.

Early Indicators of Students at Risk of Dropping Out of High School

Youth who drop out of high school by age 17 already exhibit attitudes and behaviours at age 15 that identify them as being at risk of dropping out. Early detection of these signs is critical for prevention.

Quick fact...

In 2002, 44% of Canadian households incurred educational expenses such as for textbooks, school supplies and tuition, spending an average of $2,119.

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