Education: Cinderella U.

Cinderalla U.

The colleges of the University of London sprawl across the face of London. Main highways and back alleys wind through its campus. Students of medicine and Marathi, English history and household work commute to classes. "Could anything be more absurd?" asked Educational Critic Abraham Flexner in his famed 1930 critique of American, English and German universities. "I confess myself unable to understand in what sense the University of London is a university at all."

Many a Briton shares Dr. Flexner's disdain. "Not one Etonian or Harrovian in a thousand," wrote University of Liverpool Professor Edgar Allison Peers, "would consider entering a...

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