Asides

Charting the Fringes

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Since starting this blog I’ve sensed that there are two types of readers – those in my personal circles/stumblers from Google and readers of the blogosphere/bloggers. Since it has taken most in the ‘blogosphere’ or in alternative media in general a substantial commitment in time, effort and personal development to arrive at their points of view, I’ve put together a brief background of some of my influences for the ‘uninitiated’.  Or have a look at my Blogroll. (more…)

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The Education-Industrial complex

Worthless

My inspiration for this post/review comes from heretical economist Aaron Clarey, and his book, Worthless. There is a growing awareness in non-mainstream circles of the wholesale rort that is higher education. In the seventies and earlier, it was the case that a large percentage of high school students would only study until the tenth grade – from which point they would study a trade, or work in a family business. Students that showed academic promise would finish their twelfth or thirteenth year, and could go on to attend university to become a professional, academic or teacher. Masters and First-class honours, let alone PhDs were exceedingly rare, and accordingly had value, to those who completed them and those around them who admired higher learning and research. How times have changed! (more…)