Saturday, January 06, 2007

EMA eroding educational standards?

Was it such a clever idea?

I broached the subject yesterday of the government's EMA's (Employment figure manipulation Applications) which pay young people up to 30 pounds a week to stay in education, however, they do have to kind of prove that they are learning something.

This something lies at the heart of the problem. Kids are empowered and enabled to make their own choices of subjects, hence those subjects that employers are looking for (English, Maths, History, Business Studies, Physics, Chemistry, French, German, etc.) are being ignored as the easy soft subjects become more popular. Music Studies, Leisure, Tourism, Health and Beauty are far more popular with students, and it is the pass rates in these vocational studies which is making Labour's educational targets look so rosy.

However, of course, the ability to write and understand six major tabs or chords for the guitar is unlikely to impress many prospective employers at Boldon Business Park.

I stand by what I said yesterday.


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