The British Academy 10-Minute Talks

Wednesdays, 13:00

The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes. 

The crisis of the meritocracy - why Britain has needed more and more education, Wed 30 Sep, 13:00

Before the Second World War, only about 20% of the population had any secondary education or only a few percent went to university; today secondary education has long been universal and 50% go to higher education. How and why did we get here from there? Peter Mandler talks about his new book The Crisis of the Meritocracy and explains why Britain, like most other modern societies, has needed to educate ever larger proportions of its citizenry to ever high levels.

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