Is univer­sity education still the gold stan­dard?

Opin­ions on the streets of Ruther­glen

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

With a record num­ber of Scot­tish stu­dents win­ning a place at univer­sity this year, we asked the peo­ple of Ruther­glen whether they felt gain­ing a univer­sity education was im­por­tant.

And many peo­ple still be­lieve pass­ing ex­ams as a teenager is the key to hav­ing a more suc­cess­ful fu­ture.

Joe Con­nolly, from Ruther­glen, said: “Pass­ing ex­ams shows a level of com­mit­ment but some­times you can’t teach com­mon sense.

“Some peo­ple are fan­tas­ti­cally aca­demic but you wouldn’t trust them to cross the road.

“There are many life ex­pe­ri­ences that you don’t learn in school.

“I think ex­ams are still im­por­tant be­cause it shows a com­mit­ment to see­ing some­thing through.”

Jean Hall said she is very proud of her grand­chil­dren who have ex­celled in their ex­ams. She said: “I think pass­ing ex­ams is im­por­tant and makes me feel hope­ful for their fu­ture.”

But she also said her other grand­chil­dren have pur­sued cre­ative vo­ca­tions, adding: “One of the girls, my grand­daugh­ter, is in Wit­sher­face, a women’s com­edy. They were in the Tron Theatre on Fri­day night.”

Sheila Camp­bell from Cath­cart trained to be a teacher and be­lieves univer­sity is a right of pas­sage for many young peo­ple.

She added: “I think hav­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore they go to work or univer­sity is re­ally im­por­tant. If I had my time again I would have worked a while be­fore I started [univer­sity]. I went from one school straight into an­other with­out a break.”

John Do­herty from Cam­bus­lang did not go to univer­sity, but later ex­celled, writ­ing short sto­ries, po­ems and nov­els.

He said: “I failed my 11-plus and the teacher told me I was a dis­grace to my fam­ily be­cause they were all highly in­tel­li­gent. I dis­cov­ered at 45 that I was dyslexic. I was dyslexic but they called me stupid in­stead.

“I want to en­cour­age chil­dren. I say ex­ams are im­por­tant but they are not the be all and end all.”

Im­por­tant Sheila Camp­bell

Dyslexic John Do­herty

Com­mit­ment Joe Con­nolly

Proud Jean Hall

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