Janine McGinn: Is the Higher Education focus on industry narrowing students' ability to deal with the future? 

Topic: Is the Higher Education focus on industry narrowing students' ability to deal with the future? 

We live in an era of constant change.  Our third level students need to learn how to deal with change.  They need to be encouraged to question and critique societal developments. They need to recognise political agendas and to make reasoned choices and engage creatively in initiatives which have impact on their future.  They need to be free to make informed choices about their future.

However, the Higher Education curriculum content is becoming  increasingly allied to industry objectives.  There are undeniably huge benefits to this  but has this close association not become excessive ?

Government policy is promoting the objective of a European knowledge society via a higher education system which is increasingly encouraged to tie itself in to industry focused programmes of learning to further economic objectives.

What happened to the Higher education ideals of the pursuit of truth unfettered by political and economic interests? What about our responsibility as social educators to engage in human developmental processes which lead to more creative, personality functioning?

Janine’s blog buddy is Nicky Gogan.

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