The Youth of Today – Enabling Young People
Today’s young people have a lot on their plate. From the age of 10, they are facing endless Tests. We have to take some pressure off them, and allow them to enjoy their childhood.
What kids decide to do in Life is ultimately up to them. At some point, they will choose a career path. But this may not even happen during their school years.
What is crucial is that, when a young person makes this choice, he or she should be given good practical Careers Advice by a well-informed and empathetic professional.
Secondly, young people need to know that life does not end at 16 or 18 if they don’t get the right grades. There is a future out there for every young person – it is just that that future takes many different shapes.
We have to get rid of the idea that everyone strives to go to university. Half of these ‘universities’ should be converted back into specialist training colleges. We need a German-style emphasis on Vocational Education for many young people, both to suit their own abilities and to fill Britain’s skills gap in crucial areas like housebuilding.
In Wales, we also need to stop forcing our children to take a needless extra A Level – the hopeless ‘Welsh Baccalaureate’ – which actually hinders their chances of getting into the university or college of their choice.