Here we go again – the Guardian is reinforcing the media message that academic is best for everyone, based on a report by the totally unbiased and dis-interested Russell Group – a lobbying group for Oxford, Cambridge and 18 other leading universities.
I particularly enjoyed this bit:
Yesterday Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group admitted that choosing the right subjects at GCSE and A-level was “crucial to whether a teenager maximised or reduced their opportunities and life chances”.
In other words, the only way you will ever be successful in life is if you go to a top university and become an academic?
(The report) gives media studies, art and design, photography and business studies as examples of “soft” subjects and states that they are “vocational or have a practical bias”. “If you plan to take more than one perceived ‘soft’ subject, some caution may be needed,” the guidebook warns.
Yes – you had better be careful or you might end up getting a job in something you are actually good at and find interesting!