If we’re serious about wanting a better-educated, better-trained workforce, let’s not look to selective education for the solution.
I know that Ritchie and Farnsworth show that you don’t actually need to know anything in today’s academia but could we start from at least one basic premise? That we’d like the bridges to be designed by people who can do maths? And then take selection as far as we need to from there?
Or, alternatively, just about all that’s wrong with the education system in one sentence above:
Selina Todd, a social historian, is fellow and vice principal of St Hilda’s College, Oxford.