Tasmania wanted to lower the school starting age and make it compulsory for 4 year olds to go to school at 4 but they changed their mind.
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10-09-2016 15:19 #121
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10-09-2016 18:50 #123
10-09-2016 18:54 #124
I knew we are in the minority for sending our kids early, but I was shocked that 88% of the world are sending their kids later than Australia. That says a lot.
10-09-2016 19:38 #125
Yet more and more local students are going to uni than ever before, it can't be that bad that we have the current age rules in place if so many students are ready for tertiary study once they finish school.
10-09-2016 19:56 #126Senior Member
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Some academics now consider first year of Uni as essentially 'year 13'.
The push to get so many young people in, and through, university is not tied to their readiness and the appalling first year attrition rates partly attest to many not being ready (there are a whole bunch of other reasons for attrition too). I personally do think that 17 turning 18 is too young to start Uni but having said that for some it is fine. It's one of those things that is so often dependent on the individual and their maturity.
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10-09-2016 20:03 #127
Pretty much everyone in my year was in the same boat though. Back before we got 'prep' in qld we were always a year younger than our 'southern' cousins in the same school year. Some of my friends had literally only 'just' turned 17 weeks before they started Uni.
10-09-2016 20:33 #128
I think expectation to go to uni isn't as strong as it once was, I'm constantly blown away by how mature final year secondary school students are, so many of these future students are heading to uni very much ready for it.
I think though just like the theories about kids being ready for primary school and Uni, there's early, on time and late but not by age, but by individual.
10-09-2016 20:57 #129
I think we should have compulsory gap year but not to travel etc maybe army reserves etc.. I'm not sure.
Kids these days are just different and lack so much. Plus that year would help figure out a bit. Volunteer in NT or something I dunno but just a year community service before study.
10-09-2016 21:06 #130
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