Everyone agrees that the Open University model of lifelong learning is one of Britain’s greatest postwar achievements.
Why, then, does the Government continue to impose ludicrously restrictive conditions and quotas on other universities, and treat education as if it were some kind of Britain’s Got Talent contest?
Why are individual students routinely reduced to a set of A-level grades? Why are A-levels the only route in to most undergraduate courses, and why are the courses administered so rigidly within a three-year window?
Why is ‘failure’ even a remote possibility?
Over in the section headed ‘1,000 words or less’, I propose a different model, of open access for all to degree-level courses. I have heard all the arguments against it, and I say, bollocks, just do it.