Stop Trying to Fix Students and Start Trying to Fix the University

Nicola Rivers, Dave Webster, Fruits of the Pedagogic Life, May 07, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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There are two telling quotes in this article, and I'll address them in reverse order: first, "the factor that seems most effective in determining young people’s earning power is not having done an internship, or a sandwich year, but privilege," and second, "if they (universities) want students to work out ways to improve the world, they’ll need to start providing a model of such a world." This might be very hard - maybe even impossible - for universities. Universities don't just foster knowledge and culture. Their value proposition hinges on connecting people to elite already-established networks of wealth and influence. Could they give this up and still remain viable? Would they?

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