Timmy on Moral Maze

Starting about 9.50.

On universities and higher education.

Sure, there were things I wanted to say (Tre professori perhaps?) but the format is to answer their questions so that’s what I did.

15 thoughts on “Timmy on Moral Maze”

  1. That was amusing. Started listening to the piece at around the 7:30 point to hear a university enthusiast claim that ninety whatever percent of young mothers want their spawn to go to uni. Tim comes on and, asked how many, responds with “…significantly less than 50%” Whereupon the stream stops dead % refuses to play any further, even after a reload. One presumes this the electronic equivalent of a disapproving sharp intake of breath. You been “cancelled” Tim?

  2. Tim, when I click “play” all I get is a really horrible picture (maybe a “Sleb” or something?) and told I need to sign up.
    No Thank You.
    Maybe a little mp3 would be better?

  3. Will listen later.

    Is this a reasonably well paid gig Tim? How much time all in all do you need for it?

  4. Worked fine for me just now. Very interesting comments, Tim, and I don’t think I heard the word ‘market‘ once. Mona Siddique seemed to agree with all your points whilst arguing against you, but I think that’s normal for the programme.

  5. Well done Tim! Heard it yesterday. You hardly had a chance to do more than clear your throat, but still….

  6. Being a guest on BBC radio is not a well paid gig, no. Running a show (the Michael Buerk bit) might well be but I’ve no inside info, just the normal newspaper info.

    Given the faffing about with Skype, getting all online at the same time, started on this about 2.30 yesterday arvo. My part was finished and done by about 3.45. A lot of that allowed me to keep reading, scribble stuff etc, required full time attention only for 30 minutes or so.

    £70.

  7. ‘but the format is to answer their questions so that’s what I did’

    Act like a Lefty: answer the question you wanted to get.

  8. 70 quid Tim? Wouldn’t it be better to cut out the middle man & I just send you the 70 quid. I’m sure the pain of listening to that bollocks I’d value at more than £70 of net loss.. To me, the sole value of education is to learn how to learn & acquire some of the basic tools to do so. It’s fairly obvious the majority on the programme had signally failed that part of their education. There certainly wasn’t any sign of addressing the second part of “How and why we educate” It’s just taken for granted education is a good thing of itself.
    Still, what do you expect from the BBC?

  9. £70 that’s interesting, the going rate for Thought for the day is £90. I only know this because I frequent this blog https://platitudes.home.blog/
    And one TftD commenter, Daniel Greenberg, goes there and joins in with the analysis of his piece. Last year I did the London Marathon and the subject came up in discussion. Daniel kindly donated his TftD fee to my charity.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    If the moral hazard was removed from the system we wouldn’t need to guess at what proportion of the young should go to university. As it stands universities have no skin in the game and students don’t have to pay the debt back if they don’t earn enough.

    One solution could be make universities pay back all a student’s outstanding debt after, say, 10 years and watch them take an interest in how they select students and manage them once they’ve left.

  11. One solution could be make universities pay back all a student’s outstanding debt after, say, 10 years and watch them take an interest in how they select students and manage them once they’ve left.

    That might work, but it would probably need the universities to be forcibly removed from the public teat first and told to raise their own funding in the private sector.

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