Year's End.  

nightstogether 56M
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7/4/2005 11:46 pm

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Year's End.


For many of the school children in our region, today is the last day of school. Offically the last day is on the fourteenth, but these are children who have come to the end of the (first) school career and are now preparing for the next major step; moving on to training colleges, trade schools, the job market and apprenticeships.

Today, for them, is Chaos Day. The rules are dispensed with for this one day and, with certain restrictions, they have a free run of the school and surrounding area. The entry ways, the roads and paths to the schools are usually blocked with stools, making / duct tape and other obstacles just to remind everyone that they have the upperhand.

For most of them, though, tomorrow is the beginning of a more serious phase. For many, with just a High School certificate, the search for work begins at the employment centre. For those with a Real (pronounced re-aal) certificate, the search for a suitable apprentice or training school place begins. For those leaving the Gymnasium, the search for a college or university place.

Reality strikes home. Those boring school years when everything was really too much - working from eight in the morning until two or three in the afternoon - will seem like heaven. The real world of the working week, with the alarm clocks going off at six or earlier; work beginning at seven-thirty or eight after travelling time and going on through to four, five or even six in the evening; and then travelling time again. Not having Mother and Father to rely on, but seeing their own money at the end of the month, and their own bills too.

Does the education system prepare children for the adult way of life? Or do they believe that everything will carry on just the way it was and is?

I left school back in 1977 and travelled the three hundred miles down to London on my bicycle. I had my first job within a week and my first money at the end of a fortnight. Nights I studied; daytime I worked. But it was easy back then; there was a boom in the business world. Will they regret wishing their school life behind them?

nightstogether
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nightstogether 56M

7/6/2005 1:12 pm

I agree with you completely. Many of the people I get to see coming out of schools and colleges these days need to be re-trained before they are suited to the job they have studied. Good thing comments are only short, I could write a real rant on the subject!

nightstogether
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GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
7/7/2005 10:23 am

i think the ed system doesnt prepare anybody for the real world...maybe cuz educators are not prepared for the real world, either....


nightstogether 56M

7/7/2005 1:46 pm

Or maybe because educators have never experienced the real world and education policy is made by bureaucrats.

nightstogether
private-intellectual (.de)


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