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Higher Education Crisis: Marzipan modelling and balloon artistry courses to be axed!

Thousands of ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses will be scrapped over fears many don’t lead to worthwhile employment for teenagers.

The Government wants to abolish up to 20,000 vocational courses in subjects including balloon artistry, marzipan modelling and sugarcraft, which teaches students to bake cupcakes.

Critics have long questioned the value of such qualifications, which they say short-change students because they have few uses in real life.

  • Could marzipan modelling be taught in a baking class?

    • It’s a specialty I guess.

    • ntt1

      A lot of top line Chefs have to be proficient in sugar craft and marzipan modeling if they are specialty pastry chefs. and their work can be visually stunning but as a degree programme? Cut all the soft science courses first they actively preach destruction of our civil society.

      • Not as a degree program, no.

        I assumed that this sort of thing was a specialty within a course. It’s fine if a baker is doing certain things with his pastries but on its own?

        • ntt1

          Interestingly both my kids while studying engineering were required to sit through several hours of social conditioning studies. it was treated as a joke by most as it consisted entirely of one extremely left woman reiterating her personal views.. The handouts and study notes were just pages from her own book and photocopies, word for word, of her marxist propaganda.

          • Self-important tripe as a subject?

            It’s time to burn her “work” for warmth.

        • Sugar is not food. How about teaching these mangiacakes
          how to make a real Italian spaghetti sauce?

          • Sugar is so a food. One cannot make cookies without it.

          • ntt1

            Spaghetti sauce is not Italian it is one of the first cases of cultural appropriation from the etruscans

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They used to call these kinds of classes electives, which is fine, but what kind of moron thought that you could make it a field of study?

    • BillyHW


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Electives were electives because they were padding imposed on serious students.
      My sister has a degree in Human Ecology in Textiles.
      What it makes her is an indebted seamstress.
      I have a diploma in Electronic Engineering.
      It makes me useful.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Does your job really require an E. E. Degree?

        • G

          Perhaps or perhaps not DD.
          The point is, even if a guy is working his way through a recession as a pizza deliver guy with an EE diploma. He has the CAPABILITY to work in engineering when times improve. With a basket weaving degree a person is screwed no matter what.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Most jobs really do not require a degree to actually do them.
            Do you really need a degree to work at a bank helping customers fill out a loan application?
            No, you don’t.
            In those cases a degree in “underwater basket weaving” is better than nothing because with no degree, they will not even hire you.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Yes, this one does.
          I had to figure out a quad two input nand gate the other day.
          Wouldn’t have known what it was if I hadn’t gone to school.
          I see your point, though.
          When I was a banquet manager I had to put up with restaurant and hospitality students who thought they had the royal jelly because they were going to school for what I had learned on the job over many years.
          They couldn’t bus tables at a wedding or mop a floor like me.

      • ntt1

        ecology in textiles? does that include lice infestations AKA seam squirrels?

    • kkruger71

      I actually do this for a living, and there is more to learn about it than many other fields, but even I don’t think it should be a course in school.

      • G

        You are correct. There are many jobs/careers that require a lot of knowledge but have no formal training. In some ways they are MORE difficult to learn because all your learning is on the job where there is no one to hold your hand while you learn and failures have REAL consequences. If you get poor marks on an assignment in school, who cares? If you screw up a job at work you have customer who takes away his business.

    • Make people pay through the nose for specialty or hobby classes.

  • That should make my degree in Underwater Basket Weaving that much more valuable without all that competition!

    • Julie Kruse

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    • It’s not just an art; it’s a sport!

      • And the older you get, the harder it is to hold your breath! I may have to skip the Olympic trials this year!

        • Chances are you may be competing next to she-males, anyway, so…

          • I hadn’t thought of that! I could identify as a female and compete on the ladies’ team. I guess first I’d have to get a Brazilian?

          • That is up to you.

            I will identify as Batman.

            I am the athlete Team Canada needs but not deserves.

          • I hear you. I used to identify as Bruce Wayne until they kept coming after me to make good on all those checks I was writing!

          • Lousy rules!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Every course with “studies” in its title should be scrapped as academically fraudulent and worthless to its students.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Even a general degree in Science is useless.

  • xavier

    Kids are better off to learn on their own. The damage is minor and can be corrected. I bet that programming with Raspberry pi or Lego mindstorm or even practicing calligraphy provides far better life skills than many of the university courses students are offered nowadays

  • BillyHW

    What are women going to do without all the Mickey Mouse degrees, take Physics? Lolz.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I work with some female engineers.
      They don’t have huge tracts of land.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        “They don’t have huge tracts of land.”

        I wished I had the slightest notion of what that phrase meant.

  • tom_billesley

    The courses dropped will be replaced by Onanism Studies.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      And if the teacher is late, the students will start without him.

  • kkruger71

    Hey now, this is getting personal for me on here.

    • G

      Relax K. I don’t think anybody is taking shots at you or your job.
      After all, you said you WORK at this, not STUDY it. There is the defining point.

      • kkruger71

        I was being sarcastic about it 😉
        I should have made that more clear.

        • G

          Whoops, I should have gave it some more thought. too early on a Sunday