Is a university education overrated? I don’t believe so (having regretfully left school at 16), but two major thinkers, on either side of the Atlantic, claim that modern society has over-valorised a college elite and under-respected those who work with their hands, or their hearts.
rofessor Michael Sandel, ironically from Harvard, and David Goodhart in London called “one of the most important intellectuals in Europe”, have simultaneously come to parallel conclusions.
As we have overvalued the idea of students going to college, so we have undervalued people who don’t have university degrees: people who are craft workers, care workers, or those who have a non-academic kind of intelligence.
Prof Sandel says there is “too much talk of education” which erodes the self-esteem of those who can’t make it to college: this leads to a culture of “moralising success” and disrespecting “practical wisdom and civic virtue”.
Goodhart has many of the