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Should the 'Foundation' option in GCSEs be withdrawn, particularly for core subjects? watch

  • View Poll Results: Do you think everyone should do the Higher Tier?
    Yes, they're getting a pass with minimal effort
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    Some people aren't good at maths or English or science or what have you. That's just the way it works. I'm terrible at Maths - granted, I was moved to higher in Year 10, but only because I scraped a B once. You people should want your fellow students to get Cs. Why are you all being so snotty and snobby and callous? It's not 'easy' to get a C in Foundation, it's harder because the whole reason they're in the bloody set is because they find it hard, and thus requires more work. Just because a person just isn't good at a certain subject doesn't mean they're being lazy. Try and tell my dyslexic friend who came from a childhood where he wasn't taught to read and write years after his fellow pupils were that he's stupid and lazy. Because he isn't, and he's working his arse off to get a C in English because he's ambitious and wants a good future which unfortunately seems to lie on good grades. You're no better than anyone in Foundation and certainly no more intelligent if you think they're lower than you because intelligence and good grades are so different.
    Students feel enormous pressure as it is without their bloody peers telling them they're lazy morons.
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    I believe that everyone should do the same paper. IMO, exams are a measurement of academic ability. If a student fails to succeed in their exams despite their hard work then it is clear that academics is not the path for them and they should look towards another path in life rather than advancing onto academics. Therefore, they should consider doing something along the lines of going straight into work, the military (although the military does have a huge range of academic ability, especially army officers who have graduated from Oxbridge), apprenticeships rather than them doing something which is not suited to them. Think of it like a harsh reality check. Education is not always the key to success in life.
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    The whole content of gcse English and maths could do with being overhauled in order to make it more useful for everyone, and more worthwhile considering it is compulsory for college and employment. But 'analysing poetry/newspapers/spoken language' and algebra in maths have no use whatsoever for real life for those who need to simply pass those subjects. English should focus more on writing skills and particularly spelling and maths needs more real life context such as calculating interest, bills and taxes etc. Save all the algebra and English analysis for A level.

    I think the only worthwhile subjects in terms of gcse content are science and languages. Geography was also a bit odd - a lot of theory and case studies but i bet many would have passed without being able to name a single continent, country etc. I didn't do history but those who did seem to have been caught up with 'sources' more than any actual history content.


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    I think that everybody should do the higher tier, but the grades should go from A* to G, instead of A* - D. Despite common belief, I have to say that it is harder to attain a C in the foundation paper than the higher, since while the questions may be easier, the grade boundaries are a lot harsher. I've never got a C in a foundation paper, while I have many times in higher papers.
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    (Original post by RJDG14)
    I think that everybody should do the higher tier, but the grades should go from A* to G, instead of A* - D. Despite common belief, I have to say that it is harder to attain a C in the foundation paper than the higher, since while the questions may be easier, the grade boundaries are a lot harsher. I've never got a C in a foundation paper, while I have many times in higher papers.
    Hahaha loser
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    It depends really, as the problem with foundation you have to get more marks, as with higher you need less, i've sat foundation GCSE science exams in 2016 and chemisitry was hard!
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    if u cant pass to the same standards as everyone else u dont deserve a pass.
    it needs to be gone
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    (Original post by bj1)
    The whole content of gcse English and maths could do with being overhauled in order to make it more useful for everyone, and more worthwhile considering it is compulsory for college and employment. But 'analysing poetry/newspapers/spoken language' and algebra in maths have no use whatsoever for real life for those who need to simply pass those subjects. English should focus more on writing skills and particularly spelling and maths needs more real life context such as calculating interest, bills and taxes etc. Save all the algebra and English analysis for A level.

    I think the only worthwhile subjects in terms of gcse content are science and languages. Geography was also a bit odd - a lot of theory and case studies but i bet many would have passed without being able to name a single continent, country etc. I didn't do history but those who did seem to have been caught up with 'sources' more than any actual history content.


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    whats the point in learning about waves in physics?
    whats the point in learning about ww1 in history?
    whats the point in learning regression in statistics?
    whats the point in learning about networks in computing?

    ...it won't help me in real life.

    you can make the argument 'it won't help me in real life' for practically every GCSE subjects.
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    Couldn't agree more.
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    The amount of hypocrisy stirring in this thread is absolutely baffling.
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    (Original post by Evilstr99)
    The amount of hypocrisy stirring in this thread is absolutely baffling.
    spot on, most people here don't realise what they're saying.
 
 
 
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