Skilled workers 2

March 31, 2006

Shadow Aviation and Shipping Minister Julian Brazier worries that some graduates "settle into jobs for which a university degree has little value" (News, March 17). Does he not realise that people lead lives outside of work that might equally benefit from a better understanding of the wider physical, social and political world?

Any university degree should teach critical thinking skills.

Perhaps Brazier's real concern is that a plumber or bus driver with a degree might see through the shallow thinking of politicians who regard their fellow humans as no more than units of production and cast his or her vote accordingly.

Ian Eiloart

Sussex University

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