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Is a degree still worth it?

In this month's duel, David Willetts and Katie Morley go head-to-head

Students listen to a lecture. But is a degree still worth their time?

David Willetts: Yes

There is a new political fashion—“Eduscepticism.” The edusceptics dismiss higher education in a way they would not dare dismiss any other educational stage. In the past, the sceptics argued against raising the school leaving age to 16 saying it was a waste of time. The sceptics today are just as wrong. The evidence is overwhelming—going to university is good for you—and good for the rest of us.

Because we are again arguing about…

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