Commodity trading

December 19, 2013

It is a great shame that Jim O’Neill’s recent article, seemingly helpful to the UK and its universities, fails to acknowledge its own particular ideological stance (“Mind power: in BRICs and MINTs, education is fuel for growth”, Opinion, 5 December).

Championing the rather anti-intellectual approach illustrated by TeachFirst and its global equivalents commodifies education and privileges economic capital above the cultural capital won by learning driven by curiosity.

O’Neill is indeed correct in stating that the prize for “going global” is huge, but we have a choice between a cash-focused education system or one that seeks knowledge, learning and understanding.

Jonathan Parker
Bournemouth University

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

Laurel and Hardy sawing a plank of wood

Working with other academics can be tricky so follow some key rules, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford will host a homeopathy conference next month

Charity says Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford is ‘naive’ to hire out its premises for event

women leapfrog. Vintage

Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O’Gorman offer advice on climbing the career ladder

Woman pulling blind down over an eye
Liz Morrish reflects on why she chose to tackle the failings of the neoliberal academy from the outside
White cliffs of Dover

From Australia to Singapore, David Matthews and John Elmes weigh the pros and cons of likely destinations