Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So, who do you believe?
The government comments that 'secondary school standards have never been higher'.
I don't know about you, but I believe the Tesco boss.
Yet again the government spout out the usual tractor stats nonsense, believing their own hype and spin. Of course, on paper the figures will scream out that improvements in education are real but behind the figures lies the massaging and manipulation of years of lowering targets and associated bullshit.
I see everyday at work the result of the education system.
A lot of youngsters start their working life in supermarkets. I started in a supermarket and twenty four years later I am still there. As a sixteen year old YTS (Youth Training Scheme) employee I received the fantastic sum of £27.30 for a full time week. It was only supposed to be for a few months until I joined the Royal Navy but I was taken on 'full time proper' and stayed and progressed slowly up the ranks. In this day and age it's a pretty safe job, even it's not that glamorous. It pays the bills. The incredible competition between supermarkets means that it is a tough job, it's much harder than it was around ten years ago. I work on nights and my team and I each night have a wrecked shop to put back together for opening the next morning, no excuses and no failure to deliver. It's back breaking work and not for everyone. Anyway, I digress...
Terry Leahy is totally correct. The standard of the younger employee has fallen sharply over the past few years. I must admit that I am not talking about educational standards as you do not need to be brain of Britain to work in a supermarket. What I have noticed is the poor attitude and work ethic of the teen/early twenties worker.
Push them hard and they crumble, then throw a sickie. Set them a work/time target and they fail to reach it. Question their performance and they shrug their shoulders. Tell them that they must finish what they have been left to do or else they weren't going home is met with a 'that's against my human rights' comment, to which I reply 'what about the poor bugger after you that has to finish off your work, what about their rights?' But they don't care.
I think the problem stems from the 'everyone is a winner' ethos that infects the education system today. They have never been taken to task for any failings and it's a shock when they arrive in the real world to find out that life just isn't like what they expected. Add that onto the righteous nonsense pumped into their brains since the age of five and it's a recipe for life failure.
My eight year old brother in law struggles with reading and writing. When I was his age, I was devouring Enid Blyton books by the bucket load. But on his report card it says that he is very good at 'being kind to others'. WTF?
This country is doomed.