Mis-selling education to our own kids

Christopher Pyne's higher education reforms will entrench socio-economic divisions in the university sector and send Australia down the path of selling 'degrees' -- some of which may not be worth very much at all.

The novelist Howard Jacobson once joked that as he sailed to take up a post at Sydney University in 1965, "steaming in the oppposite direction" he saw "Clive James, Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Robert Hughes. 'You're going the wrong way,' they cry as one. 'Where it's at is where you've come from'."

Jacobson found in Sydney that "hilarity pervaded the entire social structure", and that Sydney University was "more oops-a-daisy holiday camp than an academic institution".



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