Quote Exalted Wombat:
Im a qualified teacher too...
Good - then you'll agree it's important to keep the standards high, yes?....and qualified teacher status is important....not just for the pupils, but to protect those that work in education - and recognise their importance and skills...
I feel I'm taking over a bit - but i hope to keep this topic in the Pub Debate realms which i think it's in...
Point Blank have just as much right to provide courses as any other institution - as long as they are relevant and accredited properly.....universities may well have been independent institutions providing degrees for centuraries - but they were also privately funded....if you expect the government to pay - then they'll want results - just as students who pay want relevant results/good teaching etc.
Are the university boards also full of disinterested angels? -
Our world has changed....my families only experience of university and higher education was through my uncle - my wife's family never went or even dreamed of this standard of education
but my siblings and I all did - as did my wifes siblings (through work mainly - a chartered accountant and a chemical engineer...)and she is just finishing a degree....in music (with some music tech modules btw)) from the open university....and is qualifying as a teacher this year - through the GTP route (which is all on the job). Now is her degree not worth the paper it's written on? - I've looked and read some of her course papers and requirements - judged them against the ones I did - and they seem to match up pretty well actually.
I like the fact that more people have access to education - i think it honestly helps the wealth, well-being and health of the nation...i just want to see that education being of a certain standard. I don't see any other way of ensuring a certain standard other than independent regulation....and we have an aspiring youth who want to be the best they can be - haven't we got a duty to make sure those people get the best they can - without devaluing the education they receive, but also not restricting that access?
capping courses nationally just means restricting access - and allows non-regulated, non standard and non relevant courses being run by 'bad' education suppliers to prey on those that wern't lucky enough to get in to the courses they want. Is this not what the forum said at the begining of this topic - that Point Blank wern't offering the courses that were relevent to the industry?
It does all seem a little doom and gloom - the state of the nation isn't that bad....and music tech/the music business isn't quite dead yet.....
Edited by Wease (28/08/11 11:37 PM)