The sadness: Oxford, Cambridge and other British universities said Tuesday that the government's plan to cut hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars) from their funding would put their world-class reputations in jeopardy.
Direct effect: "It has taken more than 800 years to create one of the world's greatest education systems, and it looks like it will take just six months to bring it to its knees," according to an editorial by the group's Chairman Michael Arthur and Director Wendy Piatt, published in The Guardian newspaper.
One effect: He said many universities were already making sacrifices due to funding shortfalls – such as the University of Gloucestershire in southwest England, which has had to sell its new London campus. The University of Cumbria may also have to sell, or at least stop using, its campus in the northwest town of Ambleside.
We face cutbacks in education also, and the longterm effects are incalculable. Some British schools cut back programs, perhaps in languages, leaving someone to not study one or more foreign languages.
What future diplomat is lost when we fail to provide the opportunity for that basic education?
We cut back library appropriations. A book is not bought and archived. What wheel is reinvented, what advance is not made when we fail to provide the basic underpinning of literacy for study?
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