With traditional education locking out the majority of the world's population it is clear that online learning has a huge role to play. Especially given the obvious fact that it is impossible for all young people in Asia and Africa to travel to North America and Europe to experience higher education.
With the start of the Easter holidays, and my third year of exams, I've decided to officially start my 'dry spell'. I'm showing zero tolerance to alcohol and no-platforming it from my life. Why now? Because I figured it's a better time than any. I need to smash out some revision and hangovers are not conducive to this, while none of my friends are around to go out anyway.
Crisis may seem a little alarmist. Maybe it is, but probably not. The Enlightment taught us that there exists no better way for us to accrue knowledge about the world than the dispassionate, evidence-driven approach of the scientific method and, conversely, no bigger obstacle to progress than ideology and dogma.
Universities keep trying telling us about the importance of cutting costs. We are living in an age of austerity, and a measly £9000 a year in tuition fees per student is apparently not sufficient to maintain the high standards of education these institutions supposedly provide us with. Why is it then, that they find it appropriate to continue to reward their senior staff with extortionately large salaries and performance related bonuses that are dubious at best?