• Andrew Ampers Taylor

Saturday Morning Schools

We need to help our young prepare themselves for entering the world of work.

In the fee paying public schools many have lessons on Saturday mornings, but our council run schools don’t. In addition they only concentrate on We need to help our young prepare themselves for entering the world of work.

In the fee paying public schools many have lessons on Saturday mornings, but our council run schools don’t. In addition they only concentrate on reading ‘ ‘riting’ and ‘rithmetic’ in other words, the three R’s.


But, public schools also prepare their young for the outside world, and our government should set aside for children from a young age, to attend Saturday morning school. Initially, thirteen year olds to attend once a month, fourteen year olds, twice a month, and from fifteen years onwards each Saturday.


These should not be compulsory for fourteen and fifteen year olds, but compulsory for thirteen year olds. My reasoning is, if we make it fun for the younger ones, they’ll want to continue and as the army found in the late fifties, a volunteer was always more valuable than the conscripted National Serviceman.


Things which should be taught:

Banking  How important it is to build financial security.

Politics  How important it is to take an interest in how politicians are    elected and how they do their work. This should be totally apolitical.

Internet  How to use search engines to obtain infrmation, and how     important it is to get your information from at least three sources. More if the three sources all give different information!

Exercise  How important it is to keep fit, especially if you have plans to     start your own business and can’t afford to be ill.

Drugs   All drugs will lead you to oblivion. This includes smoking and drinking. Nowadays it is easy not to smoke but not so easy not to drink. If the person must drink, to sip slowly, you’ll buy your own so as not to get caught up in round buying. Buy half pints or small wine amounts. Allow always three clear days a week to drain the liver of alcohol. And if offered hard drugs, say “I don’t need them, but please, you go ahead!”

Computers Learn to type fairly fast, it will always be useful as even senior executives prefer to type most of their emails. Learn  how to use a word processor and a spreadsheet. Be aware of standard graphic and desktop publishing programs. Don’t  waste your time on Computer Games, but Majong can be useful as it trains your eyes to search over a wider area and to notice things. Pelmanism (matching pairs) helps train the memory and chess can prepare you for strategic thinking and planning.


Parents should use this to steer their offspring in the right direction.


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