British schools are evaluated based on how many students pass their A-level tests in courses such as literature, history, science, math, cake decorating, pottery, flower arranging and tanning, reports The Telegraph.
A certificate of merit in tanning — “students are taught how to operate sunbeds and applya fake tan without streaking” — is worth 45 points in school evaluations, known as league tables. “This is equal to an A grade in one of the six units that make up an A-level in a subject such as maths,” notes The Telegraph. The school also gets 45 points for students who earn certificates in self-tanning, cake decoration, pottery and flower-arranging.
The intention of ministers in widening the range of qualifications in league tables was to encourage schools to sign pupils up for courses more suited to their ability, thereby encouraging them to stay in education or training.
That self-tanning course will prepare students for . . . unemployment?
Voc ed gone nuts, says Education Gadfly.
Whenever I think the U.S. education system is nuts, the Brits make me feel like we’re not so bad.