Time to privilege talent over luck 5

September 28, 2007

This is the first time that a British journal dedicated to higher education has dared to draw attention to the unfairness of allowing private tuition for students ("Private tuition booms", September 21).

Surely we must go on and eradicate all such inequalities.

For example, some students spend many hours in the library gaining an advantage over their less ambitious colleagues. This could be controlled by ensuring that students cannot gain access to the library after spending a standard amount of time there.

Worse still, some students buy books instead of spending their income on beer. This should be forbidden by law.

But we are not yet in a position to deal with the real difficulty. Some students think a lot more than others, giving them a distinct edge when answering examination questions. This unfortunate practice must be stopped. Our technology does not yet enable us to operate thought control, but this clearly is a top priority for future educational research.

Maurice Vile

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