"Surely", I suggested to Jim's teacher, "the course Jim got on with such low marks would be the sort of course that wouldn't be worth doing anyway."
"Not at all," the teacher insisted, and then named a string of universities I'd barely heard of, claiming they'd be perfect for Jim.
It was at this point I realized how completely out of touch I was with the current educational thought.
In the early 1980s when I was at school, a student with such poor grades as Jim's would never be considered university material.
Since then the percentage of eligible population in Britain has risen from 14% to an astonishing 44%. The educational system is cramming even the most mediocre students into a degree curse.
It affects the sort of the courses that universities offer: undemanding ones such as film studies and surfing; it affects the way universities advertise themselves—with student bar sizes and local clubs given priority over the quality of the courses.
Another fact is that when I went to university, a degree still counted for something.
These days, the degree is so devalued that you are far better off going straight into the job market than spending three years treading water, running up big debts.
Maybe it would be worth it if, as a result of his or her degree, your child would have a well-paid career.
But there are now too many graduates running after too few graduate obs, and employers are becoming suspicious of the value of degrees.
1. at this point 这时候，此时此刻
同义词：at this very moment
eg. It was at this point that her acting career really took off.
eg. At this point you will write your final script and construct the story around interviews.
2. out of touch
eg. Washington politicians are out of touch with the American people.
eg. James and I have been out of touch for years.
3. run after 追求；追赶；追逐
eg. Missing a train is only painful if you run after it!
eg. The stress tool was used during every test run after the first iteration.
近义短语：go after, pursue/pursuit