Polytechnics challenge out of touch Tory educational polices...
So, yesterday I did a blog about the Tories educational reform proposals. They stigmatise the more vocational and practical A-levels and GSCE's at the expense of traditional science and maths, which they believe we all should be amazing at to have a sustainable living. As I said in my blog yesterday, I disagree totally with what they are saying, as there are many students who do pick their studies due to their desire and want to study the subject, not because they see it as an 'easy ride'. It is wrong to say that the less traditional subjects should be valued less with a lower pointing system, it is actually insulting.
Therefore, when reading today about two former polytechnics beating Oxbridge in terms of having higher employment rates for graduates, I could not help but smile. This is for one, progress, as it shows that maybe Oxbridge will not always hold the grip on future life for students. Furthermore, what degrees do Polytechnics offer? Well, they offer the vocational subjects; they want the type of A-levels and GSCE's that the Tories want to scrap. So the Tories want to reduce the ability of students to pick these types of subjects and go into this career path, despite the fact we have over 2 million unemployed and there is statistical evidence that these types of studies get students into better employment levels than the traditional Oxbridge students?
This further shows the Tories to be out of touch with changes in society. If they want to lower the point level for these types of subjects, it will only make things worse. It will stigmatise students for taking the subjects, it will also mean that those who want to do it will be put off, especially those with ability as they will be concerned about it affecting future careers. What this shows is that vocational courses are very much in, and that they do lead to good employable futures. Maybe the Tories should remove their heads' from underneath the sand and realise that good education is not necessary attributed to privilege and tradition.