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I don't think I've been quite so mad in a while. We were talking about universities, and I made the innocuous comment that the old universities were better than the the ones that were created in the early 1990s.

For those that disagree, you're wrong. You just are. Look at the rankings. Depending on who you read, there are between 1 and 5 "new universities" in the top 50, and no "old universities" in the bottom 10 (out of 108).

Now I'm not saying that there aren't some good departments in "new universities." The "War Studies Department" at Portsmouth University is amongst the best in the UK. The other departments, however, not so much, and it's like that across the UK.

Anyhow this point of view resulted in me being called a snob by a colleague. I'm not. I'm not saying the people who go to university are better. I'm just saying the people who go to them are more academic. You don't need to go to university to be a plumber or electrician, and there's nothing wrong with that either. Different horses for different courses is all.

If I started a football academy for teenagers, I wouldn't claim it was as good as Manchester United's academy. I just wouldn't. That doesn't mean it's necessarily bad, or that nothing is achieved there, I'm just saying it wouldn't be as good as Man. Utd's academy.

What really got my goat though was being told that I'm a sort of "Tory Boy Thatherite" who "must be a let down then give that you're only a teacher but went to a 'good university'." Now I'll disregard that this teacher knows absolutely nothing about me. I've known her for 3 months, and while we're friendly enough, she doesn't actually know stuff about me, so it's really hard for her to pass judgement.

What gets my goat is that in her mind that she thinks that this is all I can be, and not a positive choice of someone who believes in giving back. I could stop working now, sell everything I own and live comfortably for the rest of my life, but I won't because I believe in giving back.

I could do volunteer work, driving round Africa doing this, that or the other, That's not the point though. I value my time. You should too. I'll do something worthwhile, but I expect you to pay me what I'm worth for doing it.

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