Why are pupils now called '˜school students'

It's a pleasure to see happy young people with their exam results and I hope any who didn't get what they wanted realise life is pretty flexible and it's not what happens, it's what you make of it that counts most.

There is one thing I am uncomfortable about though. Pupils are now ‘school students’. Why? If you’re already a ‘student’ at school you’ve got nothing different to look forward to. Who thought this ‘school student’ thing up? Probably businesses aiming to increase the current enforced early adulthood of children for reasons of their own.

There will be nothing left of childhood soon - except for the fact that the human brain isn’t fully developed until the mid-twenties.

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That isn’t going to change and it seems ill-advised to give young people the impression they have little more emotional maturity to attain when this isn’t the case. Let them be ‘pupils’ at school.

Jacqueline Deeks

Wendy Ridge


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