British Rhetoric About Higher Ed Sounds the Same as Ours

by George Leef

Here is a piece in the Guardian telling entering college students that they are “the latest batch of guinea pigs in an experiment that has already largely failed.”

In Britain, higher ed has been pushed by both parties as a great national tonic. Just as in the U.S., the thinking was that the country could lift itself up by the bootstraps simply by processing more young people through college, that more grads would catalyze more creation of good jobs. That did not happen. The writer informs us that “British universities are producing more graduates than ever before. There’s just one snag: there aren’t the jobs for them to take up. And that’s not only down to the economic slump, terrible though that is, but because of a political gamble by governments of right and left — one which will leave large numbers of young people indebted and underemployed.”

We also find that British officials use the same bogus argument about the supposed earnings boost that college graduates get that we hear in the U.S. The author shows how misleading it is. Many British graduates “bob from crap position to crap position: from selling tickets, to being an HR assistant to redundancy. And on and on for years.”


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