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Education risks going stale without a serving of versatility

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Two old friends of mine once had a heated argument about the relative merits of eating in McDonald's or in a local restaurant while travelling.

Andy was passionate about broadening his culinary experience by sampling local fare, whereas Richard was reassured that those Golden Arches presaged a totally consistent and predictable repast.

A taste for predictability and consistency.Credit:Mario Borg

The argument was about predictability or surprise, repetition or risk, consistency or variability and the comparable or the incomparable. These considerations go beyond travellers' tastes, and reflect tensions in many areas of life including, increasingly, in education, where the arguments seem to have become very confused indeed.

The Richards can travel the world and, in........

© Canberra Times