Adult education the loser in a game only young, full-time students win
What Psychology Research Says About the Best Way to Apologize - The Atlantic
J ason Warr did well out of prison education. Jailed for murder at the age of 19, he began his incarceration with just a few low-grade GCSEs to his name. By the time he came out, 12 years later, he had enough credits from Open University philosophy courses to get an unconditional offer for a degree place in the subject at the London School of Economics. An MPhil in criminological research at Cambridge followed, and now, at the age of 37, he's completing a PhD at the university, on the work of UK prison psychologists. Warr, who now works for User Voice, the rehabilitation charity, says: "Education departments are not big enough and not well funded enough to cope with the sheer numbers of people who desperately need literacy and numeracy. They used to get the bright lads to do the courses so they got the pass rates and didn't get their budgets cut. Last year, the government published a review of offender learning, allied to the justice secretary Ken Clarke's "rehabilitation revolution".
‘The Objective of Education Is Learning, Not Teaching’
It was one of the most famous apologies in modern American history: On a Monday night in August , after seven months of denials, then-President Bill Clinton delivered a speech admitting to a sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky. Yet nearly two decades later, many who study the psychology of apologies view the address as a four-minute primer on how not to apologize for something. Of course, few individuals will ever have to give a televised mea culpa , but public apologies still hold lessons for the best way to deliver more private ones.
U niversities sometimes seem to have few political friends — unlike their debt-laden students. It is not hard to tell why. But there may be a deeper reason for the indifference universities face from politicians, except as a football to be kicked in the faces of political opponents. Although it is tough to admit it, the move towards much wider access to higher education has turned into a bit of a disappointment.