Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Government Dumbing Down Of Education

From the ever entertaining The Register comes a story about a Physics teacher at the end of his tether about the way Physics is taught and examined in the UK.

If you happen to have done O Level Physics in the 1980s like I did, the questions on the current paper - which he quotes on his open letter to the Department of Education - will stun you.

As the Government are the ones who set the syllabus and the ones who appoint the people who set the exams, it seems only fair to assume that it is that very same Government who are trying to dumb down the education system in this country.

Now why would that be? Little Jack, son of a middle class couple, struggles with tricky subjects like Physics and Math, but obviously he can't just be dumb as a post so there must be something wrong with the way it was taught. So let's change it. And, while we're at it, let's make it more political and/or politically correct as well.

This point is also raised by Civitas here

Dear the Government, fuck off out of the everyday lives of the population of this country. And stop trying to appeal to the middle class at every single turn.

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