December 03, 2004

British Education Marches Proudly into the Past

What other title could you put on a post highlighting the fact that one University in Britain has axed the physics department and another the chemistry department? Watch, as the Brits march proudly into the past since they will not be equiping their students to march into the future.

Posted by Random Penseur at December 3, 2004 11:38 AM

Well, yes and no. Basically what has happened is that the numbers of school-leavers going on to higher education has dramatically expanded over the last fifteen years or so (cynics say the government did this to cover the real rate of youth unemployment). But the funding did not expand to match. So the UK has moved from seven per cent of secondary school leavers going on to university to nearly forty per cent (and rising). Something had to give. There are more science students overall, but at fewer institutions (funding is related to "star" rating, so poorly performing institutions get their funding scaled down).

Posted by: andrew at December 6, 2004 06:11 AM
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