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    (Original post by christanmu)
    Pretty sure it wouldn't, although i'm sure somewhere some little ***** would start crying about it. The MFL should be replaced with an exam such as the English exam for English people...
    It would be if you say someone can't gain a qualification because of their ethnicity. You can't have something like the English Language/Literature GCSEs. They are designed for people who are fluent in the language, so are able to see subtext and understand the culture. MFL GCSEs are intended for people still at the beginning of the learning process.

    They are trivial for fluent speakers, but they are not simple for the average person who was first exposed to that language in Year 7-9.
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    It would be if you say someone can't gain a qualification because of their ethnicity. You can't have something like the English Language/Literature GCSEs. They are designed for people who are fluent in the language, so are able to see subtext and understand the culture. MFL GCSEs are intended for people still at the beginning of the learning process.

    They are trivial for fluent speakers, but they are not simple for the average person who was first exposed to that language in Year 7-9.
    I don't think you understood what I meant - for those of a background which has led to them speaking another language such as Polish, Arabic etc - then instead of the option for them to sit that exam as an MFL, it would be sat as an actual exam like Maths, English or the Sciences. If it continues to go on as is, it is highly unfair on those white British who have no other languages spoken in the home.

    But then of course, the majority is generally ignored! F yeah, Democracy!
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    I'd totally hate it if we all did the same exam boards
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    (Original post by christanmu)
    I don't think you understood what I meant - for those of a background which has led to them speaking another language such as Polish, Arabic etc - then instead of the option for them to sit that exam as an MFL, it would be sat as an actual exam like Maths, English or the Sciences. If it continues to go on as is, it is highly unfair on those white British who have no other languages spoken in the home.

    But then of course, the majority is generally ignored! F yeah, Democracy!
    As opposed to a dictatorship, where everyone is ignored?

    You can complain about democracy all you want, but I'm certain that you'll find it worse in a dictatorship, where you'd probably be banned from posting any of your opinions that go against the government line.

    If you do not give them the option to take the MFL, but allow white British people to take it, then yes, that is discrimination. Even if you do give them an alternative exam. Plus that would devalue the existing MFL GCSEs, as the "fluent" language qualifications will be seen as better. Your suggestion is unworkable.

    What really needs to happen is language teaching from infant school so most of the population are fluent in 2 languages.
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    On some exam papers, there will be a page that has no questions printed on it. The exam board will usually write: "this is a blank page" in the middle of it.

    It isn't. Idiots.
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    (Original post by ThatPerson)
    As opposed to a dictatorship, where everyone is ignored?

    You can complain about democracy all you want, but I'm certain that you'll find it worse in a dictatorship, where you'd probably be banned from posting any of your opinions that go against the government line.

    If you do not give them the option to take the MFL, but allow white British people to take it, then yes, that is discrimination. Even if you do give them an alternative exam. Plus that would devalue the existing MFL GCSEs, as the "fluent" language qualifications will be seen as better. Your suggestion is unworkable.

    What really needs to happen is language teaching from infant school so most of the population are fluent in 2 languages.
    hahahahahahahaha don't worry I don't advocate a dictatorship either, I accept that democracy is the best of a bad selection of ways in which a country is run. I'd love to have a feudal system globally reinstated though that **** was bad ass!

    No it is fully workable... Existing MFL exams already bear too much respect, for example an a* would suggest you are really quite good at a language but to be able to get that, you don't need to be fluent whatsoever (nearly all of my close friends do Spanish or French).

    I agree though that we need real languages drilled into us from an early age, although with English being the business language of the world (for know) and us having an indefinitely inherently lazy population, it could be difficult to get it to work! The Dutch do fantastically with it.
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    On the point of only learning the one material, we in Scotland are faced with Generalised questions and we can reply with any text that is relevant to said question.
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    (Original post by christanmu)
    Does anybody else feel this?

    The race to the bottom (to make grade boundaries as low as possible) which has essentially made exams a business is ridiculous.

    ie. Why on Earth should one board say we should learn about 1800-1900 History and another 1950-2000. The whole concept is completely ridiculous?

    Isn't it clear that by standardising under one exam board such as AQA then our Nations education levels would be so much clearer to see, and would allow for actual comparison - which might make extremists like Gove cool off a bit.

    My father was telling me the other day of somebody who works for him getting rejected from a college because they had AQA maths, not edexcel. Like this is genuinely so stupid. I actually think I hate democracy cos' it lets such morons make really important decisions..

    'Democracy - the only way in which two idiots can rule a genius'.

    I agree with a lot of what is said here. But the main advantage of multiple exam boards is for the teachers. I am doing a history course at university, and the modules offered helps us to specialise. If we intend to go into teaching, we will naturally choose the subject we know the most about. Having multiple exam boards means that different modules will be available and we can select the one's relevant to our knowledge. However this doesn't really supply an argument for just creating a mega-board that offers everything and standardises qualifications in the process.
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    (Original post by christanmu)
    Does anybody else feel this?

    The race to the bottom (to make grade boundaries as low as possible) which has essentially made exams a business is ridiculous.

    ie. Why on Earth should one board say we should learn about 1800-1900 History and another 1950-2000. The whole concept is completely ridiculous?

    Isn't it clear that by standardising under one exam board such as AQA then our Nations education levels would be so much clearer to see, and would allow for actual comparison - which might make extremists like Gove cool off a bit.

    My father was telling me the other day of somebody who works for him getting rejected from a college because they had AQA maths, not edexcel. Like this is genuinely so stupid. I actually think I hate democracy cos' it lets such morons make really important decisions..

    'Democracy - the only way in which two idiots can rule a genius'.
    Finally someone who gets me.:cool:
 
 
 
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