There is an unwarranted assumption shared by Robin Parker (Platform, 1 June) and Sheila Riddell (Perspective) that going to university is the “apogee of attainment”. This is a belief commonly held across the political spectrum.
Arguably, if the mass of young people are seeking monetary success, then they will think twice about going into higher education. The great increase in numbers going to university no longer guarantees recruitment into the elites – or even a job.
Young people with wealthy elite parents don’t have this problem as the “right school and right university” ensures career success. “Tackling our social and economic inequalities” needs more than discussions about access to universities.
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