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Marje Have you the necessary qualifications? (24) RE: Have you the necessary qualifications? 15 Jun 13

Re the original post; I'd have assumed that the organisers were merely (as Jeri says) trying to look at the demographics of the folk club. They probably asked about age, gender, and other variables too, but this does not imply that they thought that being older (or younger) or male (or female) made you a better (or worse) singer. Similarly, they were probably curious to know whether the folkies were respresentative of the wider population, or whether there was any truth in the sterotype (that folkies are mostly teachers, social workers, health workers, academics etc). I don't imagine they were intending to bar or ignore certain members on the grounds that they were under-educated (or, for that matter, over-qualified).

Their research methods do look at bit shaky, though - there's no such thing as a "high school degree" in the UK (I think you're UK-based?). Looks as if they've nicked the categories from some inappropriate source, which makes the results of questionble use. And by failing to offer a box for everyone to tick, they've wasted an opportunity to find out something (potentially) useful.

Perhaps you could ask the organisers what the results of the survey showed, and what - if anything - they intend to do as a consequence. Perhaps they're planning a recruitment drive to try to attract more members who are female, under 40 and with no educational qualifications whatever!


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