The General election 2019 is certainly hotting up and education is a key concern for many people who believe it’s time to focus public funding on cash-strapped schools. The Liberal Democrats believe the emphasis on academic education is alienating a generation of children and leading some into gangs and violent crime. The party thinks it’s time to acknowledge this connection and offer an alternative education to young people who thrive doing vocational courses: ‘The growth of gang involvement and violent crime among schoolchildren is being driven by a school curriculum that alienates half of pupils from learning and fosters in them a lack of self-confidence and respect. That’s the view of Lib Dem education spokesperson Baroness Garden, a former teacher who served in the ministerial team of former Conservative education secretary Michael Gove. She said: “As a party, we are very concerned that the current highly academic curriculum is really disadvantageous to some 50 per cent of youngsters who won’t go to university and whose careers will take them into vocational workplace routes.”’ https://www.tes.com/news/academic-curriculum-alienates-pupils-and-fuels-gangs Do you agree with Baroness Garden? Do you think vocational courses should be considered just as important as academic study/qualifications and should it be compulsory for those who do not choose to take the academic route?