March 8 - My wife has phoned me to tell me it's Thursday. "So?" I replied. And then realised that means it is parent's evening at school.
I scarper soon as a result - straight there now.
The relevance? Well, simply that all of school for the offspring in question seems to be about choices and career orientation now, even though there are so few jobs. It makes me a) angry b) determined to create jobs c) frustrated that education isn't seen as being more than about work. It was in my day, I say.
Sure I need people who are vaguely literate and numerate (but primary school maths is way beyond most adults for the good reason that most of it is irrelevant to life - something no one ever says in the papers) and general knowledge, the ability to converse widely and to get out of a mess is often more valuable. And they don't do GCSEs in that.
Gripe over. For now.