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An education worth waiting for

by on November 28, 2012

Here’s a thoroughly feel-good story that appeared in today’s Guardian, written by – and about – a fellow Birkbeckian.  Gerald Nathanson has just graduated at age 78 from Birkbeck with a BA in history.

In this article he describes how he missed out on a decent education due to the second world war and spent his career driving black cabs in London. But at 73, with a lifelong interest in the subject, he enrolled with Birkbeck to read history. He talks of the privilege of experiencing student life, the support of tutors, family and fellow students (many also mature students) and how his graduation was one of the proudest moments of his life.

Lots of deserved congratulations to Gerald in the reader comments. My favourite observation is that “education is not ‘owned’ by the young, it is there for all”.

And congratulations from us too.

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