It is depressing that we feel compelled to foreground the economic case rather than defending education on its own termsby Julian Baggini / March 19, 2018 / Leave a comment
“Ask him about Iraq,” said an audience member to the man about to chair a discussion with Tony Blair and George Osborne. Even when speaking at a glitzy international gathering, as he now so often does, Blair can’t escape his past. Over the weekend in Dubai, however, he was happy to revisit one aspect of it. His host at the Global Education and Skills Forum avoided talk of nearby wars and instead asked him to repeat his most famous slogan like a performing parrot. Blair gave one of his trademark smiling grimaces and graciously said, “Education, education, education.”
Standing by that statement of his priorities wasn’t just playing to the gallery, filled as it was with educators and supportive celebrities at what has been called “The Davos of education.” Education is obviously a good thing, but we’re not demonstrating the extent of our own if we assert that its value is a no-brainer. If we don’t stop and ask why education matters those who keep giving the wrong answer will get away with their mistake.