Reality check

'One step closer to my dream of becoming a CSI', says deaf teenager who aced GCSEs

Sorry kid but you're in for one huge disappointment if you don't get your head out of the clouds pretty soon.

A profoundly deaf teenager* moved a step closer to her dream of becoming a crime scene investigator after receiving her results.

However she owes much of her success to the support of a teacher of the deaf, who sat with her during lessons and made sure she understood everything.

She added: 'My favourite subject taken in GCSE is double science. I really love chemistry. I also enjoy watching CSI. And my favourite is Horatio Caine in CSI:Miami. I hope to become like him. My dream is to become a CSI.'

That ambition hinges on being given learning support at university, and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) has expressed concern that government funding cuts could put education for people with hearing difficulties at risk.
Tania said: 'I want to study forensic science at uni. But I also need help from my supporters (teacher of the deaf) and I cannot get there if the government is going to take them away. That's my dream down the drain.'

I'm sorry kid, it doesn't matter how much specialist help you get and how much funding it takes, you're not going to be a CSI. It's time for some home truths.

Horatio Cain is not real, he's a character in a very fictional television show. People like Mr Cain, Jack Bauer and even Hamish McBeth do not exist in real life.

What you are watching on the telly is nothing like the job of a real CSI. That wouldn't get the audiences. Authenticity would be as fascinating as picking the clinkers of a baboons butt.

The country does not need CSIs. Thanks to people like you who can't distinguish telly from reality there are many more people qualified to be CSIs than there will ever be jobs available.

A rise in the number of teenagers studying subjects such as forensic science – popularised by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – is leaving as many as 40,000 specialist engineering jobs unfilled, it is claimed.

The study reported a 70 per cent increase in forensic science courses and 62 per cent rise in sports science programmes over the last 10 years. But at the same time, chemistry courses have been in decline and only a "handful" of students are studying applied science, researchers said.

It claimed TV shows such as CSI - a hit on channel Five - were "driving teenagers to sign up for forensic science courses that have little chance of helping achieve a job as a high-flying investigator".

I doubt anyone is going to come out and say it kid, but you need to go home and rethink your life.

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