A Conversation for The 2006 GCSE Humanities Paper Debacle
Another footnote query
Cheerful Dragon Started conversation May 29, 2008
I'm querying footnote 2, which describes humanities as 'A compound subject which encloses History, Geography and Religious Education'. When I was at school, many years ago, different classes did different languages according to how bright they were. Everybody did French, the 'top' class did Latin and the 'bottom' class did Humanities instead of a second language.
The dictionary definition of Humanities is 'learning or literature concerned with human culture, esp. Roman and Greek classics and philosophy'. There would have been no point in students covering History and Geography as those were taught as separate subjects, which everybody took. RE wasn't examined back then.
Although History, Geography and RE could be described as 'human culture', I see no evidence of 'the classics' being studied never mind philosophy. And I suspect that 'Religious Education' is primarily Christian. I suppose the Government feels that they are entitled to re-define the nature of a subject.
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