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Education is about putting food on the table

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One of my most vivid memories from my first bout of teacher training was a lecture in which us green-as-grass new recruits had to tackle the weighty question of “what is education for?”

We had to pick from four different answers: enrichment, understanding the world around you, activism or (which I think the lecturer included as a joke) “to get a job”.

There were about 60 bright-eyed students in the lecture theatre that day. Guess how many chose the last answer? Yep, just muggins here.

Having instantly made myself public enemy number one by daring to suggest that the end-point of an education ...

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