Today’s Guardian  reports on the apparent ‘new’ trend for state schools to offer a combined GCSE in Science rather than offering separate subjects, i.e. biology, chemistry, physics.  The Conservatives have seized on this as evidence of dumbing down.  The article can be read here:

State schools abandon separate science GCSEs

But is this really a sign of apocalyptic doom?  Perhaps not. A historical perspective is useful, science was taught in some Grammar Schools, considered to be elite institutions,  in the 1940’s as General Science.    Some politicians would like to see a return to Grammar Schools, and selection, so maybe this includes the reintroduction of General Science.


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