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"Britain's Brainiest School" BBC Docu

Discussion in 'Personal' started by VeronicAmb, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    Did anyone watch this? I took a cover for a Sociology lesson on education and thought it would be an interesting discussion as the teacher didn't leave any cover...

    Anyway, the co-founder of Cardiff Sixth Form said that he doesn't care what subject his son (who looked about 3 or 4) studied, but as long as he went to either Oxford or Cambridge, he would be happy. They also tried to teach him Chinese/Mandarin... at 3/4 years old...?!

    To me, this is quite shocking. I have 3 kids and their happiness is my happiness. I would obviously push them to achieve the best in their ability but, I would not be displeased or unhappy if they went to "lower-performing" universities. I just thought "so essentially, you brought a child into this world to be a trophy". I mean, I just think it's silly to not care about what your child actually enjoys and loves, but rather the institution they go to is better than seeing their child love their subject.

    Another thing that got me was that kids are being pushed to get into the best universities just so they can say "I go to Oxford or Cambridge". Fair enough, if it's a specialised course or whatnot, but the fact that they only want their kids to go to either or, is beyond ludicrous.

    What's everyone else's opinion?
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  2. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    In the first place, I'm not convinced that such numbers should go to university. I would prefer that a university was chosen for his expertise in the subject to be studied and that the subsequent prospects for employment were good.
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  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I've no problem with teaching languages at that age. Oxbridge, on the other hand, is a very narrow ambition.
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  4. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    What you study is irrelevant to many jobs so where you studied can be more advantageous.
  5. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Yup. There is a widespread fixation with educational trophies, sadly. The competitive nature of the education system simply encourages it.
  6. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Not many enjoy and love. It's generally just the next stage in education in order to be able to earn a living. Few continue to study post graduate for pleasure.
  7. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    But that is not because of human nature. It is education system nature.
  8. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    Teaching a tonal language such as Chinese at that young age would be of particular benefit while languages can still be 'acquired' at native level rather than learned as older children and adults have to do. Of course, the input needs to be maintained or gains are soon lost.
  9. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    Didn't you have a vision for an education system a few years ago? What happened to that?
  10. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    The competition comes from life.
  11. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    It's the thing about life-forms; they compete for resources and those with the best tools get an edge in the competition.
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  12. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    One child in my daughter's class apparently has his path already mapped out - he says he's going to get a scholarship to a local private secondary, then go to a leading US university. I do feel that he's been set up to fail (and would think so even if he were the brightest kid in the class, which he definitely isn't).
  13. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Tsk! You and your low aspirations!
  14. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    Have you seen the fees for US universities? You think ours are high!

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