Undergraduate students might not always appreciate immediately why they should be made to do LSE100 when they came to focus on something else. Some might criticise that they are asked to read widely rather than to be asked to focus deeply. Jessica is adamant that to read widely is the right approach, that it is a proper academic challenge, but one that LSE students are well able to meet.
The risk [of a traditional UK educational system] is that students aren’t reading broadly enough, [they] are encouraged to specialise from such an early age… if you become a specialist without broadening your horizons, then first you’re going to miss out on an awful lot of interesting information, and second you are really going to undermine your ability to engage with the world.
Jessica would like to see students have a more holistic degree programme, one that would go beyond meeting basic requirements – we agree that in an ideal world every undergraduate student would be given an extra year of study.
Jessica’s approach to education, to politics, to the world is characterised by generosity. With that same generosity she considers the benefits of educational technology: technology can open up a lot of possibilities for how we teach, it allows us to think about how we might teach differently.