The problem with the Internet is that for nearly all topics, something is available out there that does a better job than one own's efforts could achieve. This new post at the excellent Exquisite Life blog does a great job of the criticizing the dire state of higher education policy in the UK, and should be mandatory reading for anyone who wants to engage with the associated debate. The main focus of the article is on the failure of the tuition fees to fix the fiscal problems that supposedly motivated them, and it also explains the flaws in the arguments that the fees regime is more “progressive” than the current one.
The Campaign for the Public University (which I also found out about via the Exquisite Life blog) has a collection of articles and resources on the topic.
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