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serioussly do the basic literacy. might be more challenging. but if you succeed, you know you've done something extremely worthwhile.
I'll know for sure next week. The former looks pretty likely to be an option whereas the latter is the tougher course to get onto so it depends if I got through the initial tests (which were surprisingly hard - much tougher than I expected them to be)
I'm 99% certain I'll do the latter if I get offered both but actually slightly prefer the college that looks likely to offer me the media studies teaching place which is why I'm wavering slightly. I definitely think the literacy'd be more rewarding though.
It's clear that a lot of people in my classes cannot read very well, and I've had teachers who had very disturbing deficiencies in their understanding of grammar (things like knowing what a complete sentence looks like). Ineptitude in this area is so widely accepted that the second choice would clearly be the more daunting one, but I would choose it in a second.
Giving decent people who struggle with the most basic of life skills a helping hand, or trying to act cool and talk shit about the Apprentice with Tumblr obsessed, fresh faced FUCKTARDS.
a CG lead-in to a Guardian article which is purportedly arguing for the former in the run up to new government legislature which is actually going to cut funding to both
media studies to teens all the way.
and tbf in most circumstances it certainly is.
But don't discount the difference that you can make to young people. Even teaching Media Studies...
Having the chance to work with young people, see them forming and developing their opinions, knowledge of the world etc etc. Getting them to ask questions and think about the world they live in, it's pretty rewarding.
You get the sense of satisfaction when they get decent grades in your subject, especially if they continue it to the next level (A level / uni / whatever).
Plus also think about which subject you've got an interest in. I get easily bored teaching linguistics, but I love teaching literature for example.
Good luck with whatever you choose.
But the later might feel more rewarding, helping people and stuff
I think she found it quite disheartening. Some of her pupils were immigrants with very little English, which made it difficult, but they were keen to learn and worked hard. Mostly, though, she had bored 18 / 19 year olds who'd failed their GCSEs, dossed around for a couple of years and had been sent there by the jobcentre. They didn't want to be there, wouldn't work and were pretty much unteachable.
It was mainly to those who had suffered strokes or were physically/mentally disabled. She found it really rewarding and the people she worked with and those she taught were lovely.
He's just started teaching adult literacy in Australia, and while a quick scan of his posts doesn't show that much helpful, you could probably shoot him a message and find out what it's like.
I'm not sure if this is helpful or not now. Ho hum.
Mostly it's seen as a sink subject by management and pupils alike (it was used at my school as a GCSE option for kids that no other option would accept. It sounds like a brilliant subject before you start, but you soon realise that all the wonderful creative stuff you'd like to do with Media is undermined by shit resources and kids who (in some cases) don't care. The 'Remedial Studies' tag was not just a 'clever' piece of word play.
It's also a pretty meaningless subject, and I feel guilty when I see my A level class out in town because it hasn't got them too far.
Another vote for literacy: Harder, but more worthwhile.
It's not actually as straight a choice as I made out - what it means is that I'll have a PGCE to teach adults/college age kids with a literacy qualification/specialism whilst I'm studying.
Once I'm qualified I can start teaching media studies (or whatever else I can persude people that I know enough about to do) if I fancy it.