Choosing what to study

Ireland“… Dr Sean Barrett (of the TCD Economics Department) also argued that students should not be constrained in their choice of subject; we should, he said, ‘let people do what they actually want to study.’ So if they all end up taking programmes in the arts and humanities, and nobody does science, then that’s fine. Restricting them in their choice is the same, he suggested, as an airline telling would-be passengers that they can’t fly to London, they must fly to Leeds-Bradford instead. The latter comparison is a good one, and helps to highlight the unreal nature of Sean Barrett’s point …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 June]

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