Charles: Education, Right or Wrong?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by scalieback, Nov 19, 2004.

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  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  4. Wots ejukashun?

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4021755.stm

    I heard he did respond last night, something along the lines of "I've been accused of being old fashioned before, and I've been proved right." Good skills imho :D
     
  2. He's quite correct. Many school leavers and students are told repeatedly that their qualifications and education (and not their intelligence, personality and ability) will make them rich and famous even though they are talentless halfwits.
    He was just making the point that not everybody is able to do any job simply because of ther education and expectations from it.
     
  3. Clarke's comments were disgraceful, as is No. 10's refusal to apologise. My contempt for the whole rancid bunch grows with every passing headline.
     
  4. He was right in his comments and it had to be said, as for the shower in No 10, I echo OldChap's comments.
     
  5. I interview young people all the time for job opportunities where they have impressive educational results and are boldly confident that they know it all (although that was the same 40 years ago) the difference is the shock when you ask them to prove their ability and skills by writing a letter or getting up to give a 5 minute presentation. Dishing out qualifications is not the same as meeting requisite skills and knowledge.

    In Australia there is a realisation of this truth and a major move back to Technical Colleges to train those with aptitude at skilled trades. This is an acknowledgement of a wasted 20 years.
     
  6. Remember the old BT adverts with Maureen Lipman?

    "You've got an ology? You're a scientist!!!"

    (the ology in question was sociology - there used to be a sign above the bog roll in the lavs at (I think) York University saying "sociology degrees, please take one" :wink: )

    Every half-wit has the right to fame and fortune as is borne out in the media. Jade Goody (temporary) superstar :roll:

    Prince Charles is merely stating facts and if the govt did half as much as he does for young people they would be in a better position to criticise him.
     
  7. I think that this memo only came to light because of that daft tribunal. The comments in it were meant for an 'eyes only' recipient so it cannot by any stretch of the imagination be termed public comment. Clarke is therefore way out of order in making it an issue -- Charles is entitled to his private view just as much as anyone else. To seek to correct it is tantamount to thought policing.

    And since when was old-fashioned a bad thing? Parliamentary traditions are hundreds of years old and they are revered and respected by all parties including Neue Arbeit. That's right isn't it, President Bleuugh?
     
  8. i've always thought that education and intelligence do not necessarily go hand in hand. The number of "educated fools" that i encounter on a day to day basis is, at times, quite horrific. There is no harm in telling young people that they can achieve what they put their mind to - ambition is a good thing, but then implying that is will only occur if they aquire a p.o.s. degree in one of the 'ologies', recycling or whatever is ridiculous. I feel lucky to have gone to a school where the majority of the teachers were ex-forces, policemen or just normal and where development of skills, personality and so called "out of the box" thinking was actively encouraged - and as a student in a modern university I often feel that I have an edge of most other students, despite possibly not being as proficient in the actual subject material of the course.
     
  9. I'm with Charles.

    Aspiration has to be matched by ability, you can aspire to be anything you wish to be but unless your abilities are up to the task then you will not reach your goal.

    There is a current of "I didn't achieve my dream of being a brain surgeon" as i have been let down by other people and blocked." that is growing in society. When people fail they look external to themselves first.

    Rather than.

    I haven't achieved my goal of being a surgeon because I haven't applied myself/aren't bright enough.

    Bring back the birch etc.
     
  10. Eye wheel goe wiv charls on dis topik

    "six munfs ago ey cundt eevan speel artificur, nowe I ar wun"
     
  11. Prince Charles is of course correct.

    "20 years of government policy has been to encourage as many people as possible to remain at school for as long as possible, thus masking the unemployment figures. The problem is when 50% say go on to get a degree, then they are not going to be able to get the jobs and salaries that previously went to perhaps the 20% who got degrees. This fact has been masked, especially from the additional 30% and some poor idiots think they will get something that does not exist. Add the fact that to allow this high number to get a degree, they have had to make them easier, to such a level that now many are almost worthless, than the policy is clearly a failure.

    We need to restore the pride and honour in getting qualified in a technical trade, and give those that do the esteem denied them, that was taken and given to (I did not buy into this crap myself) those with degress in freefall pottery and underwater basket weaving.
     
  12. Prince Charles outspeak education doubleplus ungood.
     
  13. Lets not forget the reason for his private correspondance, that a member of staff was looking for graduates to be fast tracked to senior positions. This individual is of course of the "I didnt get my way so its discrimination" school of thought and she also read private letters and has recorded conversations. Degrees are no reflection of an individuals potential and are now imho mostly worthless bar sciences or mathematics. Was Charles promting staff on ability not on worthless degrees? It would be interesting to know what her degree was in.
     
  14. woopert

    woopert LE Moderator

    My GF is a teacher. She can't correct work any longer, let alone use red ink to do it. The kids she teaches are going to university but can barely spell or punctuate and have only the loosest concept of grammar. Most will leave school with 3 A's at A level but can't construct a cmopound sentence or write coherent prose.

    Have you ever had a telesales call along the lines of "'Ello. We are just calling yourself to introduce ourselves to see if we can give you an introduction to ourselves services and blah blah blah" and they can barely string an intelligable sentence together, or recieved a sales letter that is written in some form of pidgin English? Chances are these people are graduates.

    So yes, Prince Charles is right. To be qualified for a post requires both training and experience, but also more importantly ability. It is sheer stupidity to suggest that qualifications and aptitude are the same, and no amount of "ambition" will make up for a lack of aptitude.

    I suspect that Clarke is just getting on the old class warrior bandwagon again. I wonder if he would have said what he did if the quote had come from Billy Bragg?
     
  15. maninblack

    maninblack LE Book Reviewer

    The issue emenates from the middle classes in many ways.

    Have you ever met middle class parents who have a good, old fashioned, THICK kid? No? I thought not.

    I know of one particular pair of intelligent parents who spent ten years dragging their only son from pillar to post until they could find a Harley Street quack-salve who would declare their child dyslexic (for a considerable fee) because he couldn't spell.

    He is as dyslexic as my dog..........namely just not high enough up the food chain.