Continuing Education Fills Holes in Job Market
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  • Peter Thomas

    Fair point but it does raise the perennial question concerning the purpose of higher education (see the recent publication by Stefan Collini). If it is solely about training people for employment, what does that do for the broader civic culture – some would argue that it is being debased through increasing marketization. There is already a collapsing of the work/private divide. All this suggests that we are increasingly defined by employment, productivity, consumption. As your critique of the blue model suggests, perhaps it is time for a broader rethinking about the social contract. I didn’t consent to a life of indebtedness, declining relative prosperity, invasive work and increased job insecurity but feel like I have no choice. Surely, humanity can do better than this.

    That said, the sky-high costs of higher education in this country are scandalous but is that not an function of the economic model + a reflection of the inequality that allows some in society to afford it?

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