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IN THE NEWS: Mark Kingwell on the value of a university education

by Jessica Lewis — Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013


Philosopher Mark Kingwell took to The Globe and Mail over the weekend to express the value of a university education.

I get it: Students and parents have to choose, and administrators feel compelled to measure. But when it comes to valuing education, no ratings system or outcomes table can actually penetrate the mystery of why learning is good. When I try to isolate the one outcome that captures education’s true value – formal and otherwise, higher or not – the best single candidate I can think of is not something quantifiable, nor even a particular idea or set of them: a sense of irony.