Yer blued

A level results are out at the moment. Congratulations if you did well and happen to be one of the 200 or so people reading this little blog I've started scribbling out. Or, more likely, well done to your kids if they've come up trumps in that little life compettition we've organised for them.

Yep, kids, that's right. That's what you are at that age. Anyone who tells you otherwise is doing something grown ups can and do do frequently, they're selling something to you with a bent truth or two. Watch out for that, it keeps happening to you once you leave school or college.

Furthermore you're about to learn that what you've learned is not 100% correct; it's just the best we've got at the moment. There's a bit of lefty politics swirled in there, which is a result of the left wing bias that educational institutions inevitably pick up[1]. There's stuff in there where we're wrong but few to none of us suspect it. Then there's the bits they didn't want to mention.

It's the best we can do. The next bit, a degree, is not in my opinion quite as much of a challenge. You get more focus there, it's easier as a result.


[1] Lefty bias? What do you mean? Why are you so ruddy right wing these days?

Well, if you're into sciences and maths you're unlikely to be stuck for a job. If you're into the humanities, that might not be the case. People genuinely do shout "we need an open heart surgeon, it's a matter of life or death". No one has ever said the same of someone who might help you get a good grasp of Shakespeare's iambic pentameter. And if they did, they were either joking or they're an idiot.

This means that even the cream of the crop of the humaities students may find difficulty finding regular and reliable work. So, they often end up back in the teaching profession. This means the best of the best get fed back into the system and become great teachers. They go on to produce even better students. The cycle continues, each year the humanities getting better at their line of work and the sciences losing to the eager commercial world, where practical skills can literally be turned into gold or food.

This is why they have to offer incentives to people from the sciences, to get them back into the system, away from all the other people who also value their qualification. It's around £25k if you've got a degree in physics. It's £4k for someone who can teach history. Oh. There we are, that's how much value you are to the system, if you did the humanities. One fifth of a science teacher.

I nailed a degree in English and European literature, 2:1. I'm comfortable with the fact it's an award that is worth less than one in science. No problem.


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