Jacques L. Boucher

Jacques L. Boucher is Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Quebec at Outaouais, Canada.

In recent years, we have constantly been reminded that we are living in a knowledge economy. Societies that invest most heavily in training their citizens will therefore be in the best position on the global chessboard. Thus, education is being given a new role in the concept of competition. Not only is this concept of competition encouraged within society, whether in the North or South, the implication is that the primary benefit of an education is economic.