What do you think about the appointment of Toby Young to the Office for Students?

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Puddles the Monkey
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The Office for Students is a new government regulatory board for higher education (similar to Ofcom).

Toby Young's appointment to the board has sparked criticism due to his political views and previous comments about working class students:

He also described working-class grammar school boys who secured places at Oxford as “universally unattractive” and “small, vaguely deformed undergraduates”.

Writing about class in a book called The Oxford Myth, Mr Young recounted how the arrival of “stains” – as working-class students were known – had changed the university. (From the Independent)
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https://www.timeshighereducation.com...ard-criticised

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a8137201.html

https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...e-for-students
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Excellent person for the job who will set things straight, and has lots of experience under his belt. Hopefully he can undo some of the damage by the the liberals in the education departments as a whole
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an excellent example of nominative determinism.
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(Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
The Office for Students is a new government regulatory board for higher education (similar to Ofcom).

Toby Young's appointment to the board has sparked criticism due to his political views and previous comments about working class students:



What does everyone think....?


https://www.timeshighereducation.com...ard-criticised

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a8137201.html

https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...e-for-students
Couldn't care less. Probably just going to be another spineless government organisation given a fancy name pretending to be there for students. Will have little to no impact on my education.
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/here-a...18-1?r=US&IR=T

This was literally the first thing I heard about him.
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I’m very happy, as a classical liberal he is ideologically committed to absolute free speech, I would argue that his politics is what makes his suitable for the job, contrary to what hippie leftist teachers will say.
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(Original post by Connor27)
I’m very happy, as a classical liberal he is ideologically committed to absolute free speech, I would argue that his politics is what makes his suitable for the job, contrary to what hippie leftist teachers will say.
Having the correct political views would be fantastic for a bureaucratic apparatchik in a Communist state. It is an utterly feeble reason to appoint someone to the board of a regulatory body in the UK.
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