steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

Sexing the GCSE

I ummed and aahed before linking to this article, since it (or rather, the idea it describes) is so bloody offensive and stupid that I was loth to give it extra publicity. But hey, when it comes to education policy that's no guarantee it won't be imposed on every school in the country within eighteen months; and the AQA is the largest exam board in the country, after all, so here it is.

What's especially frustrating is that, hidden within this very bad idea is an idea that's at least worth discussing. Some pupils feel more comfortable with coursework, some with exams. I can certainly see a case for allowing some flexibility, and a choice of routes. But to designate them "girls'" and "boys'" routes is wrong in so many ways that I can't even summon the energy to list them. Feel free to do so in comments, however!
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