September 3, 2012

Back To School

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Schools have been on my mind a lot lately, all the kids start back at school this week and it will now take me an extra hour to drive anywhere between 7 and 9am

What really confuses me about Britain is all the different types of schools that exist here. There are public schools, which are not in fact ‘public schools’ and are effectively private schools. Then of course there are actual private schools, which confusingly include public schools and ironically are open to the public if they can afford the fees. Then there are the state schools you know the ones they’re the schools that don’t have Olympic boating lakes, but do have some slightly used rounders’ kit.

Now of course we’ve even got ‘free schools’ which from what I can work out via Wikipedia are actually free, but are run by well meaning middle class parents rather than being run by well meaning middle class folk who work for the local authority.

Then there’s Montessori Schools, which seem to mean your child will be an awfully nice well-rounded person but won’t know the square root of 64*.

Not forgetting Grammar Schools, which unlike a comprehensive school who have to take everybody they only take students who pass an entrance exam and use proper Grammar (which judging by my blogs means I definitely didn’t go to a Grammar school).

And finally there are single sex schools which as I understand it mean your child will get better grades at GCSE and A Level, and secure a place at a good University but they will most likely be the parent of their own child 9 months after arriving at said University.

So why am I obsessed with schools today? Because I met someone today who immediately assumed I had gone to a certain type of school based on my career choice.

That surprised me. From my perspective, your school should never define what you can and cannot do for a job (unless of course you are a Conservative MP). I believe what defines you is how much effort you put in, whether that’s in the job itself, or whether you decide to take on a course or perhaps gets a new qualification.

So this week when you pack your children back off to school, perhaps you might think of learning something new yourself. There’s no doubt that changing your career can be hard but most of us are going to work for almost 50 years, so perhaps a couple of hours a week studying something new might be worth the effort.

What could happen to your career if you went back to school today?

[* My nephew reliably informs me the answer is 8]

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