Schooldays

Today’s Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits

Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

When I was at school in the dim and distant past, I mostly enjoyed it.  In the holidays (apart from completing any assignments) I liked to have a complete holiday from school.  Questions from well-meaning adults about school were not welcome.

It is the same with having put my schooldays behind me.  Life moves on.  As some people involved with education like to remind youngsters, “No-one can take your education from you”.

Equally your education does not end when you leave school.  There is always the opportunity to learn either formally at evening classes or informally from books and online resources. I have recently been fortunate in meeting quite a few US citizens and am fascinated by the differences in our common language.

In the UK school starts with nursery school (kindergarten), continues with primary school, which may be split into infants (4 or 5-7) and juniors (7-11), or there may be middle school (9-13).  Secondary school continues to 18 years of age.  After that comes college or university.  These are never referred to as School (unlike some American usage), although within some universities individual departments may be referred to as Schools.  Just to add to the confusion some universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and London) are made up of colleges.

Now I could join the University of the Third Age, but I’m not sure I can spare the time!

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