Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 30.07.1982: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 30.07.1982: News

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Staff asked to convey new realism

Schools must provide teenagers with a new form of "political education" that prepares them for the possibility of life on the dole, the chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee said last week.

Christopher Price MP told a conference organised by the Centre for Comprehensive Studies at the University of York that teachers should convey to their pupils - starting with 13-year-olds - a new realism in the face of long-term unemployment and a dwindling pool of jobs.

They should abandon the ivory-tower approach, Mr Price said, which aimed to give children a "beautiful time" at school but denied them any inkling of what was happening in the world outside until a "week or two before they left".

The teacher's job was to make clear to pupils exactly what their chances were in the job market. If they had the ability they should be encouraged to climb the academic ladder, but it was wrong to think it was the only path to fulfilment. …

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