Why rebranding higher education as “job training” is an offence to humanism

Why rebranding higher education as “job training” is an offence to humanism

The Australian government recently revised its fee schedule for higher education in order to emphasise “job readiness”. Those who choose to study the humanities in Australia must fund their own education; in fields deemed to provide job training, the government has increased its tuition subsidy. In the UK, the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, echoed this principle in a recent speech on further education: “We must never forget that the purpose of education is to give people the skills they need to get a good and meaningful job.”

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