|I personally never had the chance of a University education but
today this has all changed If you have a computer and can go
online and access to the Internet.
My father was born at the early part of the twentieth century in
a small mining village in the valleys of Wales in the United
Kingdom. His education was
curtailed at the age of 12 to be sent to work down a coal mine.
Computers had not been invented. His aim for his only son was
that he would have the education he never had. Hence I was
educated through the English state system, which had me taking
an exam at the age of eleven to determine if my education was to
become academic or technical. I was not at all the academic.
Thoughts of ever going to University were never considered.
Computers were expensive and only just becoming available. I
left school to work in the photographic department of a printing
company. Whilst in their employment I went to college to study
photography one day a week. Using for the first time a personal
computer. This assisted me in attained a "City & Guilds" diploma
in Commercial Industrial Photography. When I became the parent
of two sons and a daughter it was my aim to offer them an
education that surpassed my opportunities. To this end they all
had use of computer technology and access to the Internet. My
eldest son a keen musician had the opportunity of entering under
a bursary King Williams College a boarding school in the Isle of
Man. He worked hard and obtained grades that found him able to
go to Durham University in the UK to study and become an actuary
using computers extensively. However after two years he decided
that he no longer wanted to be a poor student and set off for
employment in London. Met his wife and went to the USA where he
is now writing computer programmes for an insurance group. My
second son having attained the required results in school to
attend University decided it was not for him and after a gap
year was accepted into the Royal Air Force where he now works as
ground staff in avionics/electronics extensively using computers
on Harrier aircraft. My daughter attained the right grades and
the opportunity to go to Salford University in the United
Kingdom having used computers and the Internet for a large part
of her course work, here she attained a Bachelor of Science
Degree as a Physiotherapist and now works in Liverpool Hospital.
This brings us up to today where I now find that you now do not
even have to step outside your own home to attain a University
degree. All you have to do is go online, log on to the World
Wide Web, choose which college or University you want to be part
of, work hard, study and you can attain a degree in just about
any subject you want to take. My how education has changed.
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