An admirable and melancholy fact

by reestheskin on 23/09/2014

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A simple thought after reading yet more emails from my university about teaching ‘management’.

The following quote is by Paul Seabright, a very interesting  economist.

‘It is both an admirable and melancholy fact that training and and the standardisation of working methods are designed to reduce the impact of personal idiosyncrasy on the job’

It is from his book, The Company of Strangers. Everywhere I look in medicine, I see similar shadows at work. I have written about it here  (Evidence and the industrialization of medicine) and more recently in relation to skin cancer here and here (industrialise skin cancer) . My guess is that we are now seeing similar things in higher education. There must be  a better way?


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