This essay from The Independent raises intriguing questions about the purpose and the value of higher education. Read, discuss, debate.  


"the wrong sort of people are going to university, and the whole purpose of university has been bastardised to accommodate them"

To whose benefit is it that 50% of the population has a degree?

While it might be true, that an 'over-education' of the population might be damaging to a nation as the actual credibility of degrees becomes less: import of foreign labour, including less skilled or skilled in "non-higher education" skills like electricians, welders, craftsmen, while the 'natives' run around screaming about lack of employment. There are better results from this 'bastardised' system rather than a privileged one.

You have to understand, that it would be much worse if only a small minority would have the possibility of attending higher education. Do you really expect the small minority who can access higher education to be the cream of the crop of intelligent people in the country? Beside probably being just a minority of the minority - with rest being financially able (or insititutions motivated to be financially assisted) to allow this extremely presitigeous chance - it will be extremely more difficult to turn back the system, once this Victorian styled class system will prove itself to be unsustainable.

This is a good example of free market values, where you can just presume, that if there's an oversaturation of higher education degrees in the job market, more valuable workers will be found by more in-depth hiring procedures or universities and their degrees become more looked at for their values and advantages.


So, inevitably, your question seems like "To whose benefit is it that there's a large, varied choice of (insert here any example you wish: workforce, journalism, service providers, political parties, etc)?"

What price education?