Don’t you just detest the snobbery surrounding academic qualifications! There’s far more to education than simple grades.
Thanks to people like those at the Edge foundation there’s a chance to acknowledge that. They have set their new date for VQDay, (Vocational Qualification Day) to celebrate the fact that there is side to education other than the academic, even though many schools would have us believe otherwise.
‘Vocational qualifications (VQs) have never been more important to the economy and the individual; they deliver the trained, talented employees businesses are crying out for and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work’ they say on their website. And they’re absolutely right. We are sold academics in a package of superiority and school social climbing at the detriment of other valuable skills and the needs of the individual.
We need young people with skills not just bits of paper; academic qualification needs putting in perspective with that. Part of the reason that home educated children do so well is the fact that much of their learning life is spent on developing skills out and about in life before the bits of paper are added on, if at all. It’s a shame the children in schools are not given the same opportunity.
Check out the websites to see another side to the learning story.