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Nearly half a century later came the Browne inquiry into the funding of universities, commissioned by the Labour government in 2009 and published the following year at the start of the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition. “Higher education matters,” it argued, “because it … helps produce economic growth, which in turn contributes to national prosperity.” The value of education, in other words, is economic; universities are good because they are profitable for the individual, for corporations and for the nation. The difference in the two reports sums up the transformation of higher education which is rooted in three trends: the growing view of universities as businesses, of students as consumers and of knowledge as a commodity. But there is a fundamental difference between being a student and being a consumer, and between acquiring knowledge and buying a commodity.
Education is not a product but a relationship between student and teacher, and a process by which knowledge transforms the individual. When someone buys a car or an insurance policy, he or she is purchasing a prepackaged, ready-made commodity to satisfy a specific need. Education is about creating critical thinkers whose skill is precisely the ability to challenge ideas that are prepackaged or ready-made.
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Once students become consumers, they come to look upon ideas, not as ways of understanding the world, but as possessions they can trade for a better job or greater social prestige....
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Why do democrats never have to face the reality of what's on the ground, like 2000 years of marriage.