Britain’s Education Establishment Persists in ‘Dumbing Down’ for Our Kids

Caitlin Moran's Twitter Feed: canonical?

Caitlin Moran’s Twitter Feed: canonical?

Sometimes the education establishment in Britain appears to be a parody of itself. This morning, it was reported that the OCR exam board, despite clear calls for a return to rigour in our examination system, are developing an English Literature and Language A-Level where students study Caitlin Moran’s Twitter feed, a Newsnight interview with Dizzee Rascal, and Russell Brand’s testimony on drug use to a parliamentary committee.

Aside from the tendentious nature of these choices (would, I wonder, Peter Hitchens’ view on drug use ever make it into an exam?), we have to ask whether studying such texts is a valuable use of pupil time. There is nothing new about such dumbing down. A stroll through the recent years of AQA’s English Language GCSE shows exam papers based on news stories about Tinie Tempah, Johnny Depp, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver.

“What was Jamie Oliver’s reaction to the research about his school dinners?” reads one question. “List four thing that you learn about Tinie Tempah from the article” reads another.

Read the full article on the Breitbart website here.


~ by goodbyemisterhunter on May 8, 2014.

2 Responses to “Britain’s Education Establishment Persists in ‘Dumbing Down’ for Our Kids”

  1. Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

  2. Dear Robert, Thanks very much for this. Glad to know you have been able to stand out from under the shadow of Mister Hunter and speak out more freelyabout the problems of British/English education. Well, well, what can one say? Quelle surprise! No, using any other language apart from plain simple English would be too intellectually challenging for a lot of the usual suspects, so I think I’ll have to be plain and simple myself. This is the relevancy agenda taken to its logical conclusion. It smacks of absolute desperation, and a belief that all young people are the same, and can be treated as one homogeneous mass. Why should Russell Brand’s views be privileged? He may have plenty to say, but is there any real value in what he says? What is the point of listening to fatuous celebrities? Note of personal interest here: I am a published poet and writer myself. If I had not studied ‘serious’ authors at school and being to read taught properly, I certainly couldn’t write properly. By the way, it may interest you to know that I had an encounter recently with a ‘juvenile opponent’ of Gove’s reforms.He was at a writing group I was attending, and he read out this haiku poem which contained the lines ‘f*** Gove’. I don’t think we need to say any more. I might not agree with anything Gove does or says, but he is broadly right about the problems of English education. Anyhow, keep up the good work, Regards, Brian Gourley Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 10:21:37 +0000 To:

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