| Patf wrote:|
| ................ If it was possible, I would reduce the school leaving age to 15. But there aren't the jobs available now that there used to be. ................ |
When I was at school in rural Essex, the leaving age was 15, but a blind eye was turned to boys who left earlier; many were expected to work on farms, and their families needed the extra income. There was also plenty of work available for them.
Those I know who did so, in the main, were quite happy, as they had never been led to expect anything else, were pleased to get away from school, were respected in the work they did, and had at least some opportunities for promotion. I don't recall unemployment benefit being a choice after school.
"Many of the age raisings in the 19th and 20th centuries were aimed at
generating more skilled labour by providing additional time for students
to gain additional skills and qualifications. In recent years,
government statistics showed that 11% of 16 to 18 year-olds were neither
continuing their education after completion of their GCSEs
, nor in full-time employment or an apprenticeship, thus increasing the overall unemployment
rate given many are unable to find work. The British government hoped that by making education compulsory up to the age of 17 by 2013 and 18 by 2015, it could change this."
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956
Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!