The Headmaster – Version 0.1




In the not too distant future, on a small island nation, a crisis has arisen. The number of students graduating from school has fallen sharply and university places are going unfilled. Faced with the prospect of mass unemployment and potential economic disaster the government is forced to introduce emergency measures. All students over eighteen who failed or were expelled from school are to be forced back into education at a number of special facilities.

In The Headmaster you play an expert in young adult psychology with some unique ideas about how to tackle the crisis. After a demonstration of your theories at a teachers conference you are approached by the agent of a mysterious organisation. He invites you to interview for the position of headmaster (principal) at one of the newly founded schools for over eighteen year olds. Keen to prove yourself and your theories you gladly accept.

Using your unique disciplinary methods you must turn a whole school of delinquent young women into hard working and obedient students. Things will not be easy for you. You must win your colleagues to your side, cater to the unusual demands of the schools owners and deal with a troublesome government inspector.​



4 thoughts on “The Headmaster – Version 0.1

  1. That’s not how it works. That’s not how it works at all.

    First of all, there are private universities and public universities. Public universities get support from the government. Private universities can apply for support. For example, they can apply for research grants. Tuition at private schools is more expensive than at public schools. Unless a private university has high standards of education, it will be the first to go.

    Teachers at public universities sign a contract with the government. If enough private universities close then teachers at public universities may start to worry about their jobs. Some classes will be cancelled if they don’t attract enough students.

    Most universities already have continuing education programs so it is a bit far fetched to suggest that a university would devote itself to continuing education. Most continuing education classes are scheduled in the evenings or on weekends so students can work during the day and then show up horribly late for their 6:20 PM class.

    If fewer students attend university then fewer students will end up graduating university which means that most of the graduates will find jobs. Employers will have lower standards because they will have fewer applicants.

    On the other hand, with so few students in university, the universities will have *lower* standards because they will need to accept students with lower high school grades. Teachers will also be told by the administration to go easy on students so students don’t leave and go to other schools. Trust me. This is what happens.

    If most high school graduates go on to university then employers are going to look for people with university degrees. Teachers at universities are being so easy on students that you have to question any applicant that dropped out of university. A university degree won’t guarantee that an applicant is competent but it is still going to be used as a minimum requirement.

    In such a situation, the pressure to go back to university is not going to come from the government. If somebody loses their job and doesn’t have a university degree they might go back to school to get a degree so they can get another job. Some people might find that a university degree is necessary if they want a promotion.

    Of course, none of this explains why the students are all female.

  2. ” Employers will have lower standards because they will have fewer applicants.”

    I meant higher.

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