We need to face up to the brutal reality that 50% of the population has an academic IQ lower than 100
Manchester (PRWEB UK) 25 April 2013
A sole focus on academic aptitude is part of the reason for the UK's high youth unemployment level, Angus Cater has argued in a new article on Find the Edge.
Cater believes it's unrealistic to expect all children to prosper in an educational system that prioritises traditional intellectual skills over practical pursuits.
He said: "We need to face up to the brutal reality that 50% of the population has an academic IQ lower than 100.
"The simple fact is that many people are unsuited to the type of work they aspire to, or the modern world wants to give them.
"A lot of children find reading, writing and arithmetic skills difficult to acquire. Some never grasp them fully, and semi-literacy is a reality for many."
He argues that subjects such as 'music, woodwork, entertainment, sport, and art' should be available to children from an early age, allowing those with a natural aptitude towards them to exploit it.
Cater believes the current system simply serves to damage their self-esteem and future prospects by forcing them to focus on subjects they are never likely to be proficient in.
He said: "The business of education is serious, and its object is to prepare us for a useful, fulfilled life where we can support ourselves independent of the state.
"While to dream and to hope are wonderful emotions that may uplift us, if we over-indulge them and do not concentrate on the reality of the here and now, most of us are doomed to unhappiness and frustration."
The full article can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/your-people/recruitment/how-to-reduce-youth-unemployment.
Angus Cater is the founder of Angus Cater Ltd, a company that provides financial and crisis management training. More about him can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/angus-cater.
Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge said: "This is a fascinating debate, and it's clear that many children are let down by the education system as it currently stands.
"These radical changes would come with their own set of problems, as Angus discusses in the article, but may be a step in the right direction towards reduced levels of youth unemployment, and happier, more fulfilled individuals."
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