Raising the school leaving age

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Lumber_Jack, Mar 22, 2007.

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6479507.stm

    Utter b*llocks. If a yoof is fed up with the education system and is behaving like an asbo in the classroom, how on earth does it improve the situation by keeping them there longer and making them criminals if they do not attend?

    This will sour children to the educational experience and discourage them from returning to training or education in later life, once they have discovered that hanging out in front of tesco drinking white lightning doesnt pay the bills.
     
  2. Its all a ploy to keep the unemployed figures down.
     

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  3. Doesn't it? Oh bugger, time for some career planning, methinks... :roll:

    Seriously though, this government has filled the heads of children with what 'rights' they have and if parents can't even get their 11 year-old kids to go to school, what luck will they have forcing a belligerent 17 year-old?

    This sort of scheme will only work if they bring back proper apprenticeships so that children who aren't academically inclined will be able to learn a trade and get paid.
     
  4. 'Wrinkles' is quite correct - a ploy to keep the unemployment figures down.

    What a very stupid idea - it is so very stupid I could easily believe it was thought up by a very stupid member of this very stupid government.

    Poor teachers! Bad enough keeping control (or not) of the rising 16 year olds let alone coping with almost 18 year olds. How about the 16, 17 year old parents? Are their progeny to be brought into the class-room?
     
  5. By reducing the benefits paid and thereby cutting the government's current expenditure.

    Cynical, yes, but then so are Treasury Civil Servants!

    If these young adults are going to be kept in FTE, then they should perhaps consider in the period up to their 18th birthday
    a)checking if they can read and write to a worthwhile standard
    b)teaching them if they cannot
    c)running through the civil responsibilities that go with the human rights they learned about in Year 6
    d)teaching them what constitutes a healthy life-style e.g. sport good, McDonalds bad

    Will this bold step change the state of our embattled education system or improve society at large? Will it fairy-cakes.
     
  6. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    The young adults (WTF)? will be expected to be in full time education or training up to the age of 18. The last time ROSLA ocurred (1973) the same promises were made - provision of training/apprenticeships etc, and 5 years later the economy went t1ts up and apprenticeships became a thing of the dim and distant past.
     
  7. If it's done well, with a good deal of thought as to funding and the miriad different schemes that could be used as well as A levels then it might just work.
    However, given this govt's track record when it come to thinking things through it'll be handled baddly and go t1ts up in five years.

    Bearing in mind that most schools are just places were you go to learn how to pass exams it will come as quite a shock when 16yo's have to learn and then apply. Assuming that teachers haven't forgotten how to teach porperly after so many years of crappy pollicies.