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Compulsory school curriculum is turning children off education and leading to a rise in gangs

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    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.”’


    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?
  2. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Or another perspective could be that incessant assessment, pressure and the battery farming approach to education applied by academies is stressing students out to the point that they cant face going to school as all enjoyment of learning has been beaten out of the teachers.
    Mountaingirl likes this.
  3. Heather9423

    Heather9423 New commenter

  4. najackson2407

    najackson2407 New commenter

    I wouldn't necessarily blame an increase in gang culture as a manifestation of a curriculum which is too academic. There may be some links, but I'd be inclined to think that gangs culture is what it is, culture. Regardless of what students learn in the class room, influences from outside of school will always play their part. When I worked in an inner city school a number of years ago before things started going too academic, students could do several vocational courses, but still got involved in gang culture.

    All that said, there still needs to be a vocational option for those who do not fit a profile of the academic. It doesn't provide suitable pathways for everyone.

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