College-bound students in Britain specialize too early, argues Michael Prowse in the Financial Times.
Successive governments have steadily increased the target for participation in higher education (it is now 50 per cent and probably unrealistically high). They have made A-levels easier so that a higher proportion of pupils can satisfy university entry requirements. The result is a curriculum that serves nobody’s interests. The exams are no longer demanding enough for the able pupils for whom they were first created. And the “pick and mix” provisions mean that students are now designing absurd curricula for themselves.
Where else in the world can students prepare for university without needing to study any of the following: maths, their native language and literature, natural sciences or a foreign language? Where else can students meet college entry requirements while shunning all the difficult subjects and opting instead for an ersatz combination such as media studies, sociology and sport?
Via Jane Galt.