Why universities had to be challenged - by David Goodhart for Unherd

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

"It is now official. The helter skelter expansion of UK higher education ushered in 21 years ago by Tony Blair’s pledge to send half of school leavers to university is now at an end.

And the announcement by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, came not a moment too soon. The headlong rush into mass academic higher education, leapfrogging even the US, happened faster in the UK than in most other comparable countries and it seemed to happen on automatic pilot, with remarkably little thought given to the economic or social consequences. The only serious debate we ever had was on tuition fees."

So says David Goodhart in a searing analysis which questions the fundamental assumptions behind our unquestioning faith in the merits of academic degrees over vocational and technical training.

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