Ignorance is a very important educational starting point. By recognizing our lack of knowledge, we open up to a discovery of the world through curiosity, learning from mistakes, dialogue with other standpoints which is very similar to self-driven child play.
Precarious, unpaid or underpaid writing is similar to what unpaid internships—initially developed to help young people learn job skills—have become in many industries. It seems to be the only stepping stone into an employment security, if it ever comes.
We were given time-consuming tasks to complete over the holidays, including the organization of Spring’s student orientation. Little did we know that in the meantime, Sadeen put out several ads on LinkedIn and elsewhere in search for new staff to replace us.
Here, for the record, I will spell out what nobody in this country seems even remotely willing to mention: how we have slipped into the uncomfortable situation of segregating children according to the thickness of their parents’ wallets.
Overall, Malta occupies a joint 15th place on the EU Social Justice Index. However, when it comes to equitable education, Malta features in the last place (28th) of the same Index in granting equal access to education. There is no social justice without equity in education.
Universities and especially the humanities, whose use for job markets and economic growth tends to be called into question, are often asked to justify their existence and their use of tax payers’ money for seemingly non-useful endeavours. How about turning the argument around?
The neoliberal ideology has not only ensured that educational practices are being modelled on practices from business world, it has become the dominant philosophy of most educational institutions.