Mother and father have a great influence on young people’s plans for education


In the coming weeks, students in the country’s 9th grades will have to decide what to do after the summer holidays.

Whether they should go on to high school to later take a longer education, or whether they should, for example, take a vocational education.

The parents’ background and education are of great importance for the young people’s plans for the future. It shows one comprehensive mapping of students in 9th grade expectations for future education from Vive, the National Research and Analysis Center for Welfare.

Looking at the parents’ educational background, young people with academic parents seem to have a home-based advantage.

90 percent of young people with university-educated parents expect to take a higher education, while this only applies to just over 60 percent of young people who have unskilled or skilled parents.

“The striking thing is that even when we check for the young people’s grades from primary school, these differences are still there.”

“So a young person from a short-educated home who has an average of 8 from primary school has much lower expectations than a young person with the same average from a highly educated home,” says education researcher Jens-Peter Thomsen, Vive.

“The highly educated parents can guide and guide and constantly build scaffolding around their children, so to speak. Parents with no or short education do not know the system and do not have the same opportunities.

The expectations of young people have a clear bearing on what education they actually end up taking.

In general, 76 percent of young people, regardless of background, expect to take higher education. Only 14 percent of young people have an expectation of taking a vocational education.

According to Jens-Peter Thomsen, it is a problem if the young people’s background comes to determine that it is not the best qualified who take the places at the universities.

“It’s about motivating young people who have the skills to take higher education, even if they have parents with less or no education.”

“But also about how to motivate young people from highly educated homes to take a vocational education or just a medium-term education,” he says.

Student Chair: Need better guidance

The chairman of Danske Skoleelever, Mille Borgen Mikkelsen, has some suggestions. First, there is a need for better guidance with more individual conversations.

»You can experience out at the school that there is a supervisor who just has two hours to present the educations. But that’s just not enough, ”she says.

In addition, there is a need for practical-professional subjects such as crafts and design and food knowledge to become compulsory in the oldest classes. Today they can be offered in 4-7. class and as an elective up to 8th grade.

“It is important if more students are to open their eyes to the fact that it can be an equally serious subject and later a way of life to have crafts and design as the more academic subjects,” she says.

A representative sample of a total of 3600 students in 9th grade has responded to the survey, which was conducted in 2020.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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