Hodge's elitism dig is a bit rich (5)

July 5, 2002

Intelligence is normally distributed among the population regardless of social group. Education - the cultivation of that intelligence - has a skewed distribution because richer people buy it. University applicants' qualification levels are already socially skewed.

Universities can redress inequality only by favouring the less well-qualified but more socially disadvantaged. The solution to the participation problem lies in reform of the compulsory education system, and in particular of independent schooling.

Christopher Grey
Judge Institute, Cambridge

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