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

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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