The Education System of the United Kingdom ranks as 6th best in the world. The statistics for reading, writing, Maths, Science and English are upheld to a reasonable standard; with less children and young adults finishing their education as illiterate than in previous decades. Not only do pupils continue to thrive in academic subjects, we are encouraged to be keep healthy and express creativity.
Considering a typical school day across both primary and secondary schools usually has a duration of 6 and a half hours, the British government has created guidelines to cram in as many aspects into education programmes as possible; including vital awareness of anti-bullying, crime and aspects concerning personal developent. Teachers, teaching assistants and learning support assistants working with those who have special education needs work so immensely hard: trust me, I’ve been there. As much as I appreciate the hard work of these facilitators I urge the government to reassess the national curriculums.
It’s all well being able to tackle higher level algebra and the ins and outs of a iron catalyst’s processes, but what about preparing us for the world of work and adult life? I can vividly recall memories of teachers and members of senior leading teams brainwashing us with further education being the only way to succinct life. Yes, education is important and for most people obtaining a degree is the only way forward to having the chance of getting onto the career ladder in which they hope for. It’s more than acceptable to have ‘career planning days’ at college/sixth form: there are plenty of other topics that need to be highlighted other than how to create a CV and how to apply for university or the relevance of having work experience to discuss at interviews.
We should have been equipt with life long skills and raised with an awareness of certain issues that most of us will face over the duration of our lives. Here are some areas which I would deem to be of importance which I and so many others were failed to be taught or lacked information on:
- Dealing with finances – subtopics could include mortgages and money loans,
- Terminology used in official documentation (e.g. application forms),
- Mental health,
- Coping with loss,
- Body confidence and factors which may negatively affect self-esteem
I sure there would be many other topics which could be covered, although I feel like these could be easily included into the education that young adults recieve. It’s not much to ask for. Certain subjects could easily have reduced durations over a weekly period to make time for covering the above points. As someone who grew up in the UK, I can say for sure that taking 10-15 minutes off of each subject on a student’s timetable could simply be reserved for longer personal development/citizenship lessons (-or however they are named within the school you attend/attended). A GCSE and A Level can still be maintained with 10-15 minutes of less teaching time; besides it can take 10 minutes to settle a class so it’s time wasted anyway.
So what if we have to enforce more revision sessions or spend more time reading revision guides at home? Half term holiday and saturday school classes already exist for GCSE students who are close to taking exams.
Would you rather obtain 10 A*- C grade level 2 and 3 qualifications with half of them being useless, or have a sufficient amount of qualifications allowing you to head to university or the world of work plus skills that allow you to have some control of difficult matters that you will face during your adult life?
I know what I would chose.