There was a recent thread about the Oct 8th Awake, on education for teen mothers. Note, that this magazine is really catered to teen mothers who are already witnesses.
The Awake is so subtle, in fact, if you want any ideas about what's happening in the Watchtower religion, read the Awake!!!
Although appearing to be designed for public consumption, note that on page 11 the Society says(tm) "Even so, from time to time, a young girl who has been taught God's ways chooses to ignore or reject what she knows. She gets involved in sexual immorality and finds herself pregnant. How do true Christians react?"
The article also comments on the same page under a picture that, "It is wise for single mothers to finish their basic schooling."
With that in mind, as well as the glossy brochure released two years ago on, "Youths - What Will You Do With Your Life", it is obvious that the Society does not want college educated members.
Many of you have written about how your parents denied you the opportunity to go to college or university, some were even encouraged to drop out of high school.
For those who were raised in the UK, was the situation much different? Of course, you all get the same meeting parts, mags and talks. How do British Witnesses view further education? Higher education?
Were you encouraged to leave school after getting your GCSE's?
For those not familiar with the British education system, here it is in a nutshell.
Complete secondary education at age 16. You get GCSE's (General Certificate of Secondary Education)
This basic schooling, which finishes at 16, will not get you a well paying job - there are exceptions of course.
After you complete your compulsory education, you can take a number of options.
A Levels - these can be taken in the school you graduate from, or you can take them in college. They are two years in length and are more academically oriented than BTEC programs. Most finish their A levels at age 18.
BTEC - Business Technology and Education Council, provides career programs in technology, IT, HEalth & Beauty etc.
City & Guilds Levels 1-3 / NVQ Levels 1-3 Typically career oriented programs available in many subjects, and are roughly equivalent to A levels.Apprenticeship programs also award these certifications, etc, City & Guilds in Refrigeration, Info. Technology.
Some UK witnesses were OK with further education - sure you can go to college for 2 years, but it stops there! Anyone have any experiences about this?
If you have completed A Levels or a BTEC 2 year program, you can go to university which is another 3 years. If you have a BTEC National Diploma, you can go on to take your BTEC HND (Higher National Diploma), then you need only do 2 years at university.
If you were raised in the UK, how did your parents react to the Society's "suggestion" to quit school and pioneer? Or is the situation different there than the USA?