Tony Judt on universities

“Universities are elitist: they are about selecting the most able cohort of a generation and educating them to their ability — breaking open the elite and making it consistently anew.   Equality of opportunity and equality of outcome are not the same thing.  A society divided by wealth and inheritance cannot redress this injustice by camouflaging it in educational institutions — by denying distinctions of ability or by restricting selective opportunity — while favoring a steadily widening income gap in the name of the free market.  This is mere cant and hypocrisy.”

Tony Judt, The Memory Chalet, 2010

Connecticut College

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