The commentators 20-08-15
...on student debt
We still believe that a degree for the sake of a degree is enough of a reason to saddle young people with thousands of pounds worth of unshiftable debt. My contemporaries are still expected to squat in entry-level jobs for at least a decade before graduating to the kind of roles that, in theory, they were qualified to fulfil on the day they graduated. And those are the lucky ones
- Beulah Maud Devaney, The Independent
Sensible young students may conclude that, for them, university is a very expensive way to fall behind their peers who go straight into work and training at 18. It’s not cynical for young people consider both the price and the value of their university education. To claim that a degree is the route to success and happiness is a deception, and will leave more graduates feeling they’ve been sold a very expensive pup
- Isabel Hardman, The Times
There is a paradox at the heart of the way society has changed over the past 40 years. Back in the 1970s it was far more classbound (not to mention misogynistic and homophobic), yet also more socially mobile. Class was a cultural, rather than an economic, construct. It was more obvious, yet also easier to escape – usually by going to university
- Stephen Moss, The Guardian
The only reason this case from Shoeburyness reached the public consciousness was because someone mentioned age. That turns out to have been a side issue, and we shall probably never know the full story. That may be right and proper, a family's private traumas should not be aired for public entertainment.
But if women are being coerced into signing away the right to look after their children when they are not mentally fit, in order that councils can meet adoption targets - as the grandparents' lawyer and MPs suggest - then we need to know.
The journalists covering this story have fallen for the clickbait angle and missed the real issue.
Editor's blog: Grandparents' tale of woe
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