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Stop conflating education with employability—the point of learning should be to enrich our lives

It is depressing that we feel compelled to foreground the economic case rather than defending education on its own terms

By Julian Baggini  

“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…

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