You may know that Salix launched Uni’s Not For Me recently. A website focused on showcasing alternatives to university, Uni’s Not For Me is championing the right of children to an excellent education – regardless of whether or not they’re destined for university.
Because, historically, schools have always favoured kids who are naturally academic. These kids are pushed, stretched, and encouraged to apply for places at top universities – which is great. But what is not great is that vast swathes of young people are dismissed as failures from a young age, simply because they don’t reach the standards of those arbitrary markers of intelligence, examinations.
Currently our criteria for measuring intelligence are very narrow, and fail to take into account the many ways in which a person’s intelligence can manifest itself – through first-rate performance in tests, yes, but also through excellent hand eye coordination, exceptional social awareness, and brilliant cognitive ability.
Some may be surprised by a recent study, that reveals that footballers are in the top 2% of the population by brain power. Why should it be a surprise, though? It takes an extraordinary amount of ability to bend it like Beckham – it’s just not the same kind of intelligence as that required to complete coursework.
Living in the democratic society that we do, isn’t it about time that we celebrated and nurtured the varied talents of our young? We think it is.