No Room At Inn Of Knowledge In UK

Universities in the United Kingdom are closing the door to entry due to lack of space in the institutions and thus students who worked hard in their secondary classes will be denied opportunities to pursue the quest for knowledge. An estimated 170,000 students who were eligible to attend a university will not be allowed to enter, and a high percent of them will be A-level young scholars who earned over 90% in their school work. Cutbacks on entry make a mockery of claims by liberal academics of their concern for youth. There is scant doubt a high percent of those not attending the university this fall will be children from poverty who tend to make lower grades and all too often lack the skill to maneuver their way through the maze of academia. Warwick, Edinburgh and Bristol colleges have sent notice that all slots in their universities are filled and they do not expect last minute changes.

I was raised in the Depression when money was much tighter for students, but many colleges found a way to find room. The explosion in admissions created by the G.I. Bill of Rights led colleges to open new classes and hire additional faculty. University faculty are all too often blasting the evils of capitalism. How about if each member of the faculty added two classes per semester to help students? Sorry, I forgot they can only teach “X” number of classes because to teach more would lower their standards. Hogwash, add the classes and let action take the place of rhetoric about concern for the poor.

  • journeyer58

    Too often the rush to gain entry to any university is overshadowed by the costs involved in attending any institution of higher learning. In America, the problem is not lack of seating or student professors who teach, but a lack of funding that hampers the pursuit of higher education.
    Case in point; my own pursuit of higher learning.
    I was hampered by the fact that I had to earn a living and was forced to abandon the pursuit of an advanced degree by the economics of survival. I am today disabled and without an education because I could not raise the funds to attend any university. It has been my life-long dream to attend university and to pass on the knowledge that I have attained through life and learning.
    My sadness at this lack of education is only compounded by the fact that I am disabled and cannot attend normal classes anymore. I cannot sit more than 15 minutes at a time in the chairs provided by any school. I have serious problems with my spinal cord that have forced me to have 9 surgeries up to this p0int. Yet I still dream of learning, anything to keep my mind moving forward from the place I am at today.
    This article smacks of class warfare and is an example of the elitist oligarchy, forcing the proletariat to bow down to the ‘edcuated and privileged.’ In most countries now we have an elite few that have educations and the rest of the populations that are without proper educations and lack the skills to survive in today’s economy.
    If something were to change, I would change the requirements for collegiate enterance. It would be mandatory for all students to attend some form of higher education, whether vocational school or college. Completely funded by the government, for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, when ended would completely fund all students through advanced degrees, and I mean room, board, tuition and spending money. There would be an explosion of creativity and invention, lifes ills would cease to be, because of the knowledge that would be gained by those who would be attending upper level learning institutions.