SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 26: Students take in the atmosphere at the Most Wanted freshers party at O2 Academy on September 26, 2012 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
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Camilla Cavendish (Universities are pleading for a bailout to paper over their failures, April 4) promotes the neocon delusion that an educational “market place” would see students “driving up” standards (whatever “standards” means here). Ten years after graduation an ex-student might be able to tell you whether a course was “good” and if standards were “high”. But asking your average 19-year-old, full of ambition and raging hormones, and away from home for the first time, to assess “standards” is an abdication on the part of society — which in any case should be proud to invest in the future of its young people. Students’ futures and dreams are too important to be left to “markets”.

Andy Sawyer
Southampton, UK

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