- Jan 2011
- Southeast England
Well, when I was young it was commonplace for children to leave school at 16, the majority did. There were plenty of jobs for people with few or no educational qualifications, 5 O levels (what I had) was considered perfectly adequate for a job in the public library for instance. And you could become a student nurse with only O levels. And there were lots of jobs going in factories, shops, offices, etc. If you could type you could get a job anywhere.Leave school at age 16? I think given our nature that sounds good, but what kind of work can these young people expect? We have a Job Core where young people can live and work and pick up some more education. This seems the most reasonable to me. I don't think it is natural for young people to remain as children in their parent's home, beyond the age of 16, but education and economics makes this necessary. However, Job Core youth are unlikely to become higher education students, or to realize high wage employment, so what is the value of their lives?
But nowadays those that don't do A levels usually do some kind of vocational training, in some subject or other. The son of a friend of mine is doing an electricians apprenticeship course for instance.
Our oldest son left home when he was 21, but I would have been quite happy if he had stayed with us for longer. I should think our two younger sons will
be with us at least until then, especially if they go to university. I'm in no hurry for them to leave,the happiest years of my life were when all three of them were at home.