Monday, 15 August 2011

School's Actually Not Out For A Few Years

Well while I was on holiday I did do some writing after all, because I saw on the news that the school leaving age in England has risen to 18. Well, it will rise in 2015. I knew that the Government had been discussing this, but I didn't know they'd actually gone ahead with it. I'm out of school already, so it won't affect me, but I can still have an opinion on it, and I do, and now you're going to read it, or possibly not.

I'm not that fond of this, and I'm not just saying that because I had a bad time in school...okay mostly due to that, but I can make some good points. The main one being that I, as have and will have a lot of other people, a bad time at school. I had some good times too thanks to Jesse, but she had it a lot worse than me, a lot worse, if it weren't for the two of us getting together at dinner and going on walks I don't think I would have made it.

There are people who just are not suited to school, who are just not going to learn anything and keeping them there is just detrimental to the people that ARE there, who do want to learn stuff, such as me. I think I've mentioned before my GCSE history class, where I was the only one who went to learn. I did manage to pass the course though yay. But still, it would have gone a lot better if the idiots in that class were better behaved themselves.

I think if we really do go through with this change, and it seems we most definitely are, then we need to make some other changes. We need to give teachers more power. Corproal punishment? (physical punishments such as caning) Possibly, if that's what it takes. At the very least we need to give teachers more power. Kids are not scared of them, at all, and while it is partly down to their parents not putting a respect of authority in them, it is also because they have no power themselves. You can keep me in detention? So what, I can stab you, but you can't touch me, so who do you think is going to win? Some guy at my school actually pushed his teacher down the stairs, and then went down the stairs and pushed him down them again cos he didn't reach the floor. Although I actually support that guy, the teacher made fun of him for being gay. If you don't stick up for yourself then it's not going to get better.

We also need to change the way school works, because like I said there are people who aren't interested in school work, so we should introduce more trade schools. If we're going to make school mandatory until 18, there's nothing that says it has to be an actual school. There are people who would rather learn to do physical work, such as car maintenence, welding, building work. If we did this then we'd also have more people who do this kind of work. We've seen a rise in people who are in jobs that do involve a high level of English and maths skills, IE lawyers, bankers, doctors, the kind. But we don't have much in the way of say, builiders and plumbers. Which leads to everyone complaining that we have a lot of immagrants doing that and we'd rather the job went to British people. I think part of this is just because that not many people are going into that line of work.

If you're going to make education mandatory until 18, then here's something I propose. At 14 have a wider range of GCSE's, and then at 16, have people pick one or two college courses to go to, again, with a wider choice. Don't make academic schools mandatory to 18, bring in more trade schools, specialist schools.

You might think I'm a bit conceited after this, a bit pretencious, the kind of toff bastard I profess to hate (Bastard means child born out of wedlock, that's not swearing!), or like I'm some kind of high class piece of crap, but I'm not, I just like using big words and coming across as smarter than I am. I'm still not toally poor, but I am for from rich, and as Jessica will tell you, I can be pretty no class at times.

29 comments:

  1. education should not have anything to do with wealth and class

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  2. @IngönyamaDamn straight! Education should be free for all at all levels of it.

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  3. yeah education should be free all in all.

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  4. If education were free, this world would be a much more educated and informed place. As for the age imposed, i think thats pretty ridiculous! Was is voted on?

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  5. Like your trade school thoughts.

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  6. @ElliotGreen I think it was voted on by parliament (well it had to have been) but nah we the people didn't get a say, as like I said, I didn't even know it was happening. I'd just heard rumours.

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  7. Even from the USA that sounds like a good idea. Seems like the education system is out of touch with reality wherever you go.

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  8. @ShawI think there are some places that have it good. In Sweden all education is free (at least that's the impression I got from Cray). I think there was discussion at one point to take people out of school at 14 if they wanted and put them in apprenticeships in things like brickwork and welding if they wanted, but I guess nothing came of it.

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  9. Education must be free. Here in Mexico, politics say it is totally free for everybody, but it's certainly not. ;_;

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  10. @My 2 Pesos Well even if education was free, there is still the matter of bills to pay, and food to buy, travel costs, etc. When most people here are at college age (16, soon to be 18 I guess) they are still living with their parents, who may be nice enough to cover those costs. That's why nearly every student thought that EMA was vital. It was only £30 a week sure, but it sure as hell helped.

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  11. The entire point of life is to learn as much as we can in our short little lives...

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  12. duh guvment... It's always too much, isn't it?

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  13. Joke's on them. In 2012, school's out forever, anyways. Right? Right?

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  14. You bring up some interesting points! I agree with a few of them, I still think people should stay in educations as long as possible, but I also think wider options are needed.

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  15. I remember high school. Or college. Or what ever you call it. The one you go in when you're between 15-18. I was never in school. In fact, i was missing 80% of the time. Always drinking and popping pills. Only thing I did go to were the exams. Finished those years with a B- grade equivalent. I hated school.

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  16. @Michael Westside For us college is 16-whenever, typically 18, but you can go any time you want. For as long as you want. I hated school too, but I can't totally hate it because that is where I met Jesse, but I met a lot of bastards too. I was sent home so much when I was 12 or 13 or so that the school actually said they would never send me home anymore for illness, saying I faked it all to get out of school. I was too much of a goody two shoes to play truant too, so I was always there :( Well done on getting a B- grade like that, just shows how useless a school can be lol.

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  17. I'm with you. If you're gonna try and keep people interested in learning, you'd better learn them interestingly. Otherwise, they'll give you the finger and walk out no matter what the minimum age.

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  18. yeah, too bad it doesnt work for all of society to be educated. then there would be no lower and middle class to manipulate with shitty marketing and commercialism to make them believe they need things like an iPhone to make them successful. uneducated people are what educated and successful people feed on. Its easier that way.

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  19. @Major.Mack This is quite possibly the sad reality of the situation.

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  20. Here in the US, we have mandatory schooling until 18. And it is kind of shitty. It was fine for me, because I wanted to go to college and the last two years of high school were mostly focused on college prep classes, or classes that were at least filled with students who were going to college. But the students who didn't plan on it always drained time away from students that applied themselves, especially because I went to a small ass school. So I'd be sitting in the mandatory grade 11 English course, trying to read The Old Man and the Sea, and have to listen to every doucher who doesn't care about his education laugh at every little thing that sounds funny because my high school made it mandatory for a student to take an English class every year, and there was only one general English class as an option. The kids not planning on going to college? They don't give a fuck about Hemingway. They don't give a fuck about grammar, reading comprehension, or literature, they are bored, and they act out. If they had the opportunity at like age 16 to join the workforce full-time if they wanted to, or begin learning a trade, then the percentage of students preparing for college could do better and succeed more. Then again, the United States has a million flaws with education, many of which are more pressing.

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  21. good points you have there =))

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  22. Education systems in most places are changing. Unfortunately they're getting worse (or maybe it's just in my area and yours).

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  23. @Generally Disgruntled Why do you always leave the longest (although often the best) comments on my blog? It's still kind of the same here, at 14 you pick GCSE's, but english maths and science are still mandatory, but even though you get to choose your subjects, that doesn't mean the people in them are any more behaved. IE, the history class, but also in my ICT class, the teacher actually had a breakdown once because of all the douches who chose it just to fuck about on the internet all day. He was my favourite teacher too, he got fired from his job at the MET office for making the weather map say "Happy birthday Dave" on his birthday lol. But yes, let them either go off into work, or into learning a trade, and I think you'd fix quite a lot of problems.

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  24. I always though highschool should consist of 1 week you do a job, then the next week you do a different one (like careers week every week) then when you're ready you go onto an apprenticeship or uni or what ever for your field. There is a lot of wasted classes in highschool now, my butcher didnt need poetry class.

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  25. Because I tend to have too many opinions on stuff

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  26. @Generally Disgruntled I don't think it's possible to have too many opinions, and you are yet to convince me it is.

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