August 21, 2010 2 Comments
Sometimes, it really is no wonder that state school pupils are at a disadvantage, if their teachers are this stupid.
The country’s top universities have been called on to come clean about an unofficial list or lists of "banned" A-level subjects that may have prevented tens of thousands of state school pupils getting on to degree courses.
This doesn’t come as a surprise to me – twas obviously the case when I chose my A-Levels over 20 years ago.
The obvious answer was, then as now, to avoid the obviously frivolous subjects. Media studies? Pffffft.
The lists are said to contain subjects such as law, art and design, business studies, drama and theatre studies – non-traditional A-level subjects predominantly offered by comprehensives, rather than private schools.
From this, we are to deduce that comprehensives are failing in their duty to provide pupils with the calibre of subjects and teaching that will enable them to compete with the privately schooled.
Teachers accused universities of putting comprehensive pupils at a disadvantage by refusing to publish their lists. Some claimed the lists were a filter that enabled the most prestigious universities to accept more private school pupils than state-educated ones.
Wait, so rather than the schools that offer A-levels in basket-weaving. it’s the universities who are letting these kids down. Because the universities choose to award places on their most sought after courses to students with good grades in worthwhile subjects?
Tell me this isn’t a bunch of teachers who have elevated a political ideology above the importance of delivering a solid education.
I don’t have kids, but if I did, I’d sell my organs to pay for a private education, if this is the quality of thinking that prevails in the state sector.