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:
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.