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.