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What’s the point of education today? In his essay on education through the ages, education philosopher Luke Zaphir writes that climate change and other crises are confronting us to fundamentally alter the way we live.

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Today’s view of education is largely underpinned by the philosophy of pragmatism. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

What’s the point of education? It’s no longer just about getting a job

Luke Zaphir, The University of Queensland

The Ancient Greeks modelled a form of education that, in variants, has endured for centuries. But with climate change and globalisation, the world has changed, and the role of education with it.

Indigenous students usually start university later in life. Photo by Edwin Andrade on Unsplash

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Michael Luckman, La Trobe University; Andrew Harvey, La Trobe University

A recent Productivity Commission report showed the demand driven system of university funding didn't increase participation rates for Indigenous students. But our analysis actually shows the opposite.

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