Why is it that the “real world” is used as an ominous warning? Spoken about either with a wry grin of “just you wait” or the depression of a return to a “grind” of sorts. To understand this better, we need to look closer at what the “real world” doesn’t encompass.
Out of all the arguments and excuses that people manufacture to justify the financialisation of society, the most difficult one to accept is that creating a market in education is the only way it can be funded. This view becomes even harder to justify when it is promoted by a generation of people who benefited from free further education. As many of that generation are now drawing their triple-lock pensions, a younger generation of students are being lumbered with eye-watering amounts of debt, which begs a very simple question: why have British politicians turned the classroom into an asset class?
Advertising man Dave Trott on predatory thinking and creativity.
Barrister and School Principal Ian Mason addressed the UN: One World One Wealth – Economics, Justice and the Rights of Nature. We ask him how to upgrade the dismal science.
Matthew Watson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University.