When the system works properly…
August 8, 2014 4 Comments
This is an amusing example of when agents of the state completely bugger something up, yet it unintentionally has a desirable outcome.
Thousands of pupils in the UK are being given scant or wrong advice about the best A-level subjects to study to gain a degree place, a survey has found.
The study by the Student Room online forum suggests many students have poor guidance on what to take at A level.
Of more than 6,000 students in the study, hundreds said they found they had taken the wrong subjects to access a chosen university course or career.
Almost a third (32%) of those who took part in the study rated their school’s careers advice as "weak".
About a quarter (23%) said they did not have enough information to make informed choices about their future careers or the subjects they should study to achieve their ambitions
Well this sounds bad. And yet so so typical. But here comes the good news:
"My school didn’t tell me that maths was a requirement for the majority of chemistry and natural sciences courses, which means I am now very limited," one student commented.
Maths is required for a Chemistry degree? Orly? Ho ho ho.
Yet another lost out on a place to study medicine at one university after being wrongly told A-level biology was not needed for this particular course.
LOL. May I be so bold as to suggest that if you didn’t realise you’d need a Biology A Level to do a medicine degree, you are too stupid to pursue a career in medicine?
One student said: "You’re told to pick subjects which you enjoy and are good at. So I took a total mismatch of subjects with no real end goal and nobody said to me that I might struggle to find a university course because of my mixed set of A-levels."
When I was growing up, I’d realised by the age of about 13 that with some distinguished exceptions, most teachers were clueless about pretty much everything. in some cases, even the topic they were supposed to be teaching. The careers advisors made the teachers look good!
This is why I made damned sure I had other sources of information about these things. And all this was possible before the Internet was ever heard of. I know!
What’s most worrying is that in this information age, kids can get to the age where they’re choosing their A-Levels and not only are they being still spoon-fed by teachers, but they seem to think that teachers & careers advisors can be relied upon to provide such competent and comprehensive advice that there’s no need to go online and read about the university courses your hoping to access with your A-Level choices. I mean, isn’t it obvious that someone who did an arts degree then went straight into teaching or “careers advice” knows nothing about what a chemistry degree may entail? They may not know what working in the private sector entails either, for that matter.
Perhaps the teaching of critical thinking isn’t as good as it ought to be.
The mind boggles, and yet, haphazardly, the state has saved us from at least one unlikely candidate for medical school.