Thursday, 20 January 2011

EMA and paid employment

Thanks for your comment yesterday Sea. The spirit in accepting EMA is really important because it relates to the motivation of the pupil. I had a couple of conversations yesteday which were also related to yesterday's EMA blog. I was talking with someone who had worked in human resources and he told me that school or university leavers who have worked part-time are generally better organised and more mature. They are better at time management and better equiped for life. I think that was roughly what they said. I would imagine that all these factors are greatly magnified if there is a financial need to work.

Compare that with my other conversation. I was told that a youngster had given great detail of her amazing work experience at 17. This person was born with a silver spoon and had managed to find work experience at school which enabled her to participate in life experience that most of us never gain. The description of this experience sounded at best arrogant and at worst life threatening.

Andy Burnham doesn't like the thought of our teenagers going out to work, however work and its values are usually a good thing, but they can be too good. We still have to look out for nepotism, arrogance and exaggeration but these are usually easy to spot.

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  1. Seriously...I am not sure if my youngest would have ventured beyond GCSE if it was not for EMA....he has a great artistic talent...but as most well-balanced people know...... Art is subjective rather than objective
    So! his future is more strewn with obstacles than his older brother's

  2. A few blogs ago I mentioned the Open University winners of University Challenge. My role models are not those who have or don't have A levels, they are those who can be driver's mates but have more knowledge than a privileged Oxford student.

    I saw a lot of rubbish recently at the Tate Modern. One man's rubbish is another's high quality art.