I did well academically, and after 11 years of school and 2 years of college in London, I went on to complete a 5-year laurea magistrale in jurisprudence (master’s law degree) at university in Rome at university. This amounted to 11 years of compulsory education, 2 years of further education and 5 years of higher education and at the end of it I had the title dottoressa (doctor) and had a qualifying law degree. So after 18 years of education and another 18 months earning as a trainee lawyer, I was admitted to the bar as an avvocatessa (lawyer). So I’m one of the people who the education has supposedly benefited but most the girls I went to school with didn’t go on to university. Nationally, 65% of school leavers don’t go on and graduate from university. So for the majority of school leavers education has been a complete waste of time because they will leave school with no meaningful qualifications.
When teachers tell schoolgirls that they won’t go far in life in they don’t pay attention in school they are lying. Quite frankly, an attractive girl can earn far more from porn, prostitution or stripping than she could as a teacher, and because men still earn more than women, most girls will end up living off their husband or boyfriend income, and most single mums live off the state or the fathers of their children. So if teachers were being honest they would tell schoolgirls that for the majority of them it doesn’t matter if they pay attention at school because they are sitting on their future source of income. For some reason educators refuse to admit that the majority of school kids (male and female) would benefit from a vocational or sports based education. I mean, Heaven forfend, that school kids should actually learn a trade or skills that might be useful to them in later life.
I was raised in a family that placed a lot more value on life skills, learning trade, tradition and sport than they did on education. They weren’t anti education but they understood that academic study doesn’t count for much in the real world. My Mama taught me and my sister, ballet, Sicilian folk dancing and how to cook, clean and iron; and we were encouraged to fence and do judo by my Dad — we’re both I’m a qualified ballet teachers and I’m a fencing coach and my sister is a black belt in judo. Both my brothers did wrestling, boxing, judo, rugby, football and shooting, and were taught how to be blacksmiths and auto and motorcycle mechanics by my father. They were also taught to ride motorcycles and drive cars, LGVs, dump trucks and operate heavy machinery. Me and Rob both took the academic route and my other brother and sister didn’t but for all of us, what we all learned from our parents was far more important than what we learned at school.
Universal education doesn’t have to mean every kid being forced into an academic education. For some kids, obviously, an academic education is best, and that’s fine, but that’s no reason why other kids should be denied the opportunity of leaving school as qualified dancers, sports coaches, blacksmiths, carpenters, welders, stone masons, plumbers, mechanics, roofers, scaffolders, steel erector, panel beaters, crane operators, chefs, seamstresses or electricians.