Both defenders of the 'ivory tower' and market modernisers believe higher education should be more 'private', says Peter Scott, but we must defend public institutions at all costs... There are three compelling reasons for keeping higher education public: The first is the witness of history. The second reason is that science can only flourish in an open environment. The final reason is that universities act upon that most sensitive of all interfaces, between academic excellence and democratic rights.
Via Joaquín Paredes