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Do we need parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    A former DfE special advisor doesn’t think so and believes it is “pointless and impossible” trying to achieve it. Jon Yates wants the focus to be on fixing the “constant underperformance” in technical education.

    ‘“Despite all the noise, our education system is OK at academic teaching...but we have been **** at technical education though for 70+ years. Why? Fundamentally, because people with influence (politicians, journalists, business leaders) don’t think about it.”

    He said the reasons for this lack of attention were the small number of those people of influence who themselves were further education students, technical education being rarely talked about in the public discourse and a public view that it is for “disadvantaged, stupid, not very capable students”.

    "…Academic courses will always have the halo of higher esteem. That’s life. So let’s forget about it. Who cares? We don’t need parity of esteem. Germany doesn’t. Focus on quality, not esteem. By 'quality' I mean, will the course get you a skilled job? If it will, enough esteem will follow. Today, too often, it doesn’t.”’


    Do you agree with Jon Yates’ views? If yes/no, why? Do you think the priority should be fixing the problems in technical education rather than trying to achieve parity of esteem between the two types of qualifications? What do you think needs to be done to achieve parity of esteem?
  2. 01ade

    01ade New commenter

    The priority should be fixing the quality of technical education. Achieving parity of esteem between the twofold is needless. Those who looked down on technical education definitely have self esteem challenge.

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