A report from the Defence Select Committee of Parliament strongly suggested the importance of extending recruitment efforts in Great Britain in order to bring members of min ority groups into the armed forces. The committee noted: “We are deeply concerned that the armed forces are operating at or above levels of concurrent operations they are resourced and structured to deliver for seven out of the last eight years.” In other words, the British miltary is being asked to accomplish tasks that strain their resources and morale among members of the military is decreasing under the strain.
The British government has concluded that when it ventures into tasks that far exceed the capacity of those coming from majority groups within society, the solution is to reach out to minorities and have them fill the gap. The goal has been to have an 8% recruitment level from minorities in Great Britain but only 5.8% are from this group and the Air Force only has 1.6% from minority groups. Perhaps, the solution is to not get involved in military operations in the first place.
The McDonald corporation has come to the needs of people who seek fast but poor food in order to meet their nutritional needs, and now the good people of that organization are preparing a fast schooling menu. Along with two other large corporations, McDonalds has been given the power by the British Education Ministry of awarding the equivalent of high school qualifications as part of a plan to improve young people’s skills. It is the first time the government has grantd national recognition to corporate training schemes. But, universities and colleges will have to decide if they wish to accept the corporate qualifications for admission purposes.
McDonalds has been impowered o develop courses and set exams for standard A levels of achievement. The corporation said it is establishing a “basic shift manager” course, designed to train staff in skills needed to run a McDonald’s outlet. Corporate officials stated: “this is an important step towards ending the old divisions between company training schemes and national qualifications, something that will benefit employees, employers and the country as a whole.”
Why not take the entire process one more step and simply turn over schools to McDonalds? They can speed up the process of education and ensure some sort of quality control. After all, they have speeded up eating, there is no reason why the can not speed up learning. I wonder if there is any room in the McDonalds scheme for displaced teachers. I am certain they can learn to make hamburgers as they teach students math and science and history.