(Original post by FellainiSucks)
Ironically no. A first year actually aha.
The shift is both. The problem is to due with a saturated market with too many Micky mouse courses out there. They need to limit the amount that can go by increasing entry requirements. University should get you top jobs, people complain rightly so that there's too many graduates. But in the world we live in you ain't getting anywhere without a degree regardless of talent unless you're lucky as ****.
I can't comment on the old uniform as I don't know but there's nothing wrong with being smart and taking pride in your appearance, you can't turn up to work with untucked shirt and tie halfway down looking scruffy. It's an important life lesson.
For me the uniform part comes down to how young you want kids to grow up.
I mean, yes, I get that its a good life-skill.. but I think there is a time for that skill to be introduced, and its not at 11. It really depresses me to see 11 year old children looking like mini office workers.. as I really think there is value in letting kids be kids, without to many responsibilities, before you introduce them to the realities of adult life. and for me this is just one part of a larger shift in children loosing thier childhood (most of it is not to do with education though)
For the university part, I agree entirely with raising standards, getting rid of micky mouse degrees, and working ot bring back better job prospects for graduates - but for me the answer to most of those is reducing student numbers.
The key for me is:
Every student should leave school with the chance to go to university.
Every student should go to university.
I want schools to prepare their kids foruniversity, to get them their qualifications, and show them how to apply.. BUT then encorage them to also look at other options, jobs, aprentiships, training schemes, work schemes, etc..
Some schools do this very well, but others ignore those things (infact I was in a school where they openly said 'none of you will get a job when leaving here.. so go to uni') because their % of students attending university, is a huge selling point for their student recruitment.