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    (Original post by yawn)
    I would say the poster has used commas frequently and in the correct places. Just a word of advice on the use of commas - one can use hyphens if one wishes when a pause is appropriate - in place of a comma.
    That's actually a dash. A hyphen is a shorter line that connect two or more related words such as in "years-of-age" etc.

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    (Original post by NDGAARONDI)
    Also regarding education I would like to make another contribution. Many of my friends have studied history from year 9 'til year 13 and quite a few only learnt the Second World War. I get the feeling too much emphasis is on this event and not enough on others. Many of these events may include Britain before, during and after the Roman invasion (I only did this briefly in year 7), Viking invasion attempts, more about Norman I, the Spanish Armarda (sp) and then the subsequent battles involving England against Wales and Scotland, and then Great Britain against Ireland. I wonder if it would be possible to allow further flexibility in which topics can be learnt? I have not studied history at any level and so I will listen to anyone who has. I suppose you could encourage exam boards to broaden possible routes. There are five possible routes in A2 Government and Politics for Edexcel. And since quite a few self-study it may be a better option for many students.
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    I've been studying history since Year 7 (now in Year 12) and I've been quite shocked at the lack of British history we cover! In Year 7 we did the Middle Ages and Medieval periods, in Year 9 we did the Industrial Revolution and in Years 10-11 (GCSE) we briefly did 20th-Century Britain. Apart from that, it's all foreign stuff. Year 8 was the French revolution, we also did a bit of Russia for GCSE and my school waaaaaaaay over-does (is that even a word? ) German history! We did it for GCSE, it's one of my AS units this year and it will be 2 of my A2 units next year. So all in all, most of my GCSE and half of my A-level is on Hitler and the Nazis. Our other AS units are Italy and the First World War and our other A2 unit is medicine through time. It just seems like in other countries, they concentrate on their own history a lot more, and it's not that I have anything against German history, but there's only so much you can do before it starts to get :bebored:
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
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    I've been studying history since Year 7 (now in Year 12) and I've been quite shocked at the lack of British history we cover! In Year 7 we did the Middle Ages and Medieval periods, in Year 9 we did the Industrial Revolution and in Years 10-11 (GCSE) we briefly did 20th-Century Britain. Apart from that, it's all foreign stuff. Year 8 was the French revolution, we also did a bit of Russia for GCSE and my school waaaaaaaay over-does (is that even a word? ) German history! We did it for GCSE, it's one of my AS units this year and it will be 2 of my A2 units next year. So all in all, most of my GCSE and half of my A-level is on Hitler and the Nazis. Our other AS units are Italy and the First World War and our other A2 unit is medicine through time. It just seems like in other countries, they concentrate on their own history a lot more, and it's not that I have anything against German history, but there's only so much you can do before it starts to get :bebored:
    One AS group at my school is doing two units on Hitler!

    I've got quite a nice mix, Russia in Revolution, Civil Rights '45 - '68 and Nazi Germany for AS and at A2 my school does Tudor England, Italy under Mussolini and the USSR under Stalin.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    One AS group at my school is doing two units on Hitler!

    I've got quite a nice mix, Russia in Revolution, Civil Rights '45 - '68 and Nazi Germany for AS and at A2 my school does Tudor England, Italy under Mussolini and the USSR under Stalin.
    That sounds good. My school's sixth form is quite small, so there's only 1 class for every subject except psychology and sociology because of timetable clashes. AS history is Seeds of Evil: the Rise of National Socialism in Germany to 1933, Italy: the Rise of Fascism and Origins of the First World War (coursework). Then at A2 it's 2 more units on Hitler (I think it's more about what he does when he's in power and his foreign policy, whereas now we're doing the collapse of Weimar and how he actually gets to power) and one unit on the history of medicine.

    One of my AS teachers (for the Germany unit) is useless and I hate her lessons, they're soooo boring! I can just about stick it this year because we only have her once a week and the other teacher twice, but next year, if there are 2 Germany units, that could mean we have her as our main teacher! :eek: I may just be forced to drop it after AS if that's true
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    (Original post by an Siarach)
    I would bring back the grammar-secondary modern school model albeit i would get rid of the 11+ and replace it with SAT type tests at regular intervals up until the age of 16 to ensure that nobody is stopped from recieving an academic education simply because of a single test thus academic late bloomers would be able to move into grammars from secondary moderns if they should decide they do not want to follow a vocational path.
    Provided more grammar schools were built, or existing schools given that status. There is a Comprehensive School in my town, but the nearest Grammar School is 25 miles away.
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    It just seems like in other countries, they concentrate on their own history a lot more, and it's not that I have anything against German history, but there's only so much you can do before it starts to get :bebored:
    Many countries do concenrate on their own history a lot more. I hear what you say about German history, and whilst I sincerely respect our forces during the Second World War, I do go get a bit bored with the countless documentaries on terrestial TV (mainly BBC2) about the Second World War. I had a discussion about this with a lecturer in my college and said it's because of its huge impact. But equally the same can be said about historical events before. One of our most important changes was the throne in 1066. So people like me, who wish to know more of our own history, have to use Sky channels to find out about other events more. It's only recently that I found a decent TV series on terrestial TV which covered Celtic Britain, Spanish Armarda etc. and that was Battlefield Britain.

    I guess you can argue that your local public libraries will have some books on the topic but it's not like all students are going to do this and some libraries are not open for too long and don't have the best selection you can get.
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    -Give teachers more power and increase the level of discipline. Ressurect corporal punishment in extreme cases of repeated misbehaviour.
    -More encouragement and praise for students trying to do well.
    -Make all subjects of equal difficulty. It's disgusting how, for example, general studies and further maths are on the same qualification level.
    -Students should be made to work much harder.
    -All mickey mouse subjects should be abolished.

    I know that if I had been pushed more throughout school and last year i'd be a much better person right now.
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    (Original post by Gaz031)
    -Give teachers more power and increase the level of discipline. Ressurect corporal punishment in extreme cases of repeated misbehaviour.
    They abolished corporal punishment because nobody supported it!!

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    -More encouragement and praise for students trying to do well.
    Yea, more praise would be nice

    (Original post by Gaz031)
    -Make all subjects of equal difficulty. It's disgusting how, for example, general studies and further maths are on the same qualification level.
    I know, some subjects just arent challenging enough

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    -Students should be made to work much harder.
    What would you propose?

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    -All mickey mouse subjects should be abolished.
    Including all the 'mickey mouse' jobs out there??

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    I know that if I had been pushed more throughout school and last year i'd be a much better person right now.
    True of us all
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    They abolished corporal punishment because nobody supported it!!
    I think more are beginning to support it now. I know I would have got much more out of my education if it had been around. It would no longer be seen as 'cool' now to do homework etc.

    What would you propose?
    Note this probably doesn't apply to the majority of people here but i believe pupils should be constantly pushed to do better. I know that i was content to just do my minimum, but because i was able enough i was never pushed to do better as teachers had misbehaviour to concentrate on.

    Including all the 'mickey mouse' jobs out there??
    With all respect you don't need a qualification in cooking, child care, media studies or gold course management to do those things.
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    Also, it might be nice to see an extension on compulsory foreign languages. Originally I'd say scrap the idea but I remember talks on TV about how people should learn foreign languages and two European languages were mentioned. Needless to say it is obvious which two. During my days at secondary school I have learnt an awful lot of stuff I no longer need or even remember. Seems such a waste of time.
 
 
 
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