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The Human Cost of Labour’s Education Policies

Vocational and hands-on jobs for younger people like myself seem to be becoming a thing of the past. Throughout my Labour-led schooling  I was told that going to university is the best thing you can do – the only option. Never once was something like construction or joinery offered to us as a choice, let alone suggested as a career. It seemed they only wanted us, real students with real lives ahead of us, to go to university purely so that we could fulfill their target quotas. Their ability to proclaim political success was all.

When the time came to choose ‘my’ options in secondary school, I wanted to try out Construction. I thought I’d be good at it, and that it would be a useful skill, maybe even lead to a career. My choice was rejected straight away. Rather, I was told that I had to do German, a language I very much doubt I’d use in everyday life.

The school wanted me to just be like every other student and know my place. They wanted me to simply accept that I would not be given the chance to learn valuable life skills. A modern language fit their objective (rising up the league tables) so much better. Never one to take things lying down, I did something else: I fought for the chance to do a course in Construction, and after persistent pleas I got my way. It was great! I learned how to build a wall, and vital joinery and painting skills that I will stand me in good stead for the rest of my life. These skills should be made clearly available to any child who wants to learn them, not least because these vital skills will always be needed, giving our youth the opportunity of a lifelong fulfilling career.

I believe that we are already seeing a shortage of these skills amongst young Brits, as the children educated under a Labour government graduate. That gap is being filled by Eastern European immigrants – people we are told the country ‘needs’ because ‘British people don’t want to do them’.

Labour are supposed to be the party of the working classes. So why has Labour tried to force more and more students onto pointless university courses, saddling them with debt in the process, whilst causing a massive hole in the workforce when it comes to practical vocations? Did Labour really consider the outcomes when they thought up their ‘50% in university’ target? I think we all know the answer to that.

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5 Comments on The Human Cost of Labour’s Education Policies

  1. Wood work was on the curriculum in schools from year 7 to year 9 so you would of done it at least for the first 3 years of high school. If you didn’t do any subject involving construction in your final years it either would have been because you chose not to or not enough other pupils chose to. Pupils had the option and still do to take construction on school-college links for year 10 & 11. Both my brothers and lots of others from my school and other schools across Stoke-on-Trent took this route.
    Anyway you would have took your options when the tories were in government and if you want a career in politics a second language is useful as a matter of fact. German very much so!

  2. Thanks Pamela

  3. This is an excellent article, pointing out the results of the folly of Labour’s education policies. First, they scrapped grants and imposed loans, then they came up with that ridiculous 50% to university target, devaluing university education and manual skills in one masterstroke.
    Let’s not forget their destructive decisions of the 1960’s when they abolished grammar schools for the academically minded, crammed everyone into one-size-fits-all comprehensives and completely forgot to make proper provision for pupils who needed practical/technical courses in construction, plumbing, electricals etc. The Further Education/Technical colleges had to take up the slack on those skills with inadequate funding.
    Still, we mustn’t blame Labour for the school league tables that stifle innovation and wrap schools in the straitjacket of limiting courses to those that will look good in the GCSE grades A – C attainment percentages. No, that was a Tory policy subsequently pursued by Labour with their even greater enthusiasm for targets, benchmarks performance indicators and the rest.
    Basically, education is a football for every new government to kick around, their policies driven by ideology or the latest fads in pedagogy or some passing politician who wants to make his mark as Minister for Education.
    Good for you, Edward, making a stand and insisting on what you wanted to learn.

  4. Cloughy is wank

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