It appears that the “axis of good” (the US, the UK and Australia) have solved the problems of increasing unemployment for young people by a dynamic two-pronged attack. For graduates or gap year students (gap year keeps them off the graduate unemployment list for an extra year and costs taxpayers nothing) there is the exciting world of TEFL. Working conditions and pay may be terrible but these young people can travel around the world, gain “valuable experience” for their later careers and help create a modern democratic world linked up by a common language.
The problem is what to do with those who don’t “make the grade”; especially given that recent cuts in university and further education funding mean more people don’t “make the grade”. And it is here that all three countries appear to be making a special effort to provide similar opportunities for those less fortunate than your average TEFL adventurer. In fact, all three countries (the US, the UK and Australia) are making a special effort to get around the schools and colleges to promote careers in the military. The British Prime Minister is even encouraging children to be taught how to use firearms (does he not realise they might turn round and use them on him and his banker friends one day?) and the Ministry of Defence are preparing lessons about the Iraq War to be taught in schools to help pupils understand the “real role” of the military. The purpose is clearly to find new recruits willing to travel to Iraq, Afghanistan and maybe Iran. Like TEFL adventurers, in their temporary jobs, new recruits can escape the recession, “see the world”, and help create a modern democratic world linked up by a common language. The pay and training are marginally better than TEFL, but the working conditions are considerably more hazardous.
Our thanks to Lenin’s Tomb, who alerted us to this story.