According to the Daily Mash, always worth a look and a laugh, http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/concerns have been raised over the standard of science teaching after it emerged thousands of GCSE pupils could not tell the difference between a microscope and a frog. On a more serious, but equally depressing, note the Times reports that the recent GCSE physics paper had replaced the testing of physics concepts with questions about the advantages and drawbacks of CCTV, mobile phones and the internet, it said. So that is why it is so important that they study science as a compulsory subject, and not history. When we wrestle daily with the most complex historical concepts, little wonder that more able students find history so rewarding. Perhaps it is time to make it compulsory for all, at last? I always used to argue when head of history why certain other subejctes were deemed more important than history. In the days when D&T was taken to GCSE by all students I was always totally bemused that examiners could seriously ask students to give four uses of a tea towel and then give them a GCSE grade for it!!
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