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Dumbing down

If “Michael Gove gets his arse handed to him on a plate” is a tag you like the sound of, you’ll enjoy this clip from Parliament:

(via Sam Coates Not The Tory)

  1. November 20, 2009 at 9:48 am | #1

    [probably should note for the benefit of new readers that 1) yes, I know this doesn't really refute points about dumbing down in GCSEs 2) yes, Ed Balls is a bit of a tit. None of these alter the sheer joy of a Gove-smackdown]

  2. November 20, 2009 at 10:07 am | #2


    I had to do my first marking last week. Essays from second year biology students. The words "fucking shocking" do not even come cloase to describing the grammar and reasoning I encountered. I'm pretty sure I could write better than that back when I was in their position. I'll dig out some of my old essays and check.

  3. November 24, 2009 at 1:18 am | #3

    @punkscience Perhaps you could. But would the average student then be any better than the average student now?

  4. Alf
    November 25, 2009 at 5:50 am | #4

    I left school 4 years ago, but whilst there our teachers would routinely give us exam papers from up to 40 years beforehand. Compared to these our actual exams were a doddle.

  5. November 25, 2009 at 11:13 am | #5

    My then-girlfriend studied Anglo-Saxon at uni. She found it harder than she found her main degree in English. Therefore, exams were harder in Anglo-Saxon times.

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