By Lord Robbins (auth.)

ISBN-10: 134905383X

ISBN-13: 9781349053834

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But, as regards its acceptability to young people and their parents, I suspect there must be differences according to local expectations and traditions. There are some parts of the world, parts of the United States for instance, where it seems to go down pretty well- presumably on the maxim that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. But there are other parts of continental Europe, for instance, where parental expectations and student attitudes are such that the possible disgrace of not being allowed to continue would much more than offset the increase of opportunity of showing one's merit.

It would diminish the number of entrants who, for one reason or another, were temperamentally unsuitable; and, from the word go, it would increase the proportion of students capable, to the extent desirable, of looking after themselves and conscious of the urgent need to make the most of every hour available. Yours etc. 7 The Size of University Institutions My dear X, In commenting on my remarks about motivation and teaching you raise the problem of the appropriate size of university institutions.

Moreover, so far as first degrees are concerned, there are further complications to be faced. In so far as forms of education beyond the school-leaving age, other than at universities, are financed from the public purse- which practice is on the increase- a wider selection of the relevant age groups is involved; and the otherwise conclusive objection to subsidy from those who do not qualify for admission to universities to those who do, has less force. I personally would still prefer the extension of the Prest plan to these other areas on the ground that it makes explicit the element of cost.

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