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From the Prospect archive: re-imagining the education debate

By Brian Semple  

pictureresizephpThousands of teenagers receive their A-level and AS level results, and with the pass rate going up for the 27th consecutive year, the annual debate over whether education standards are falling has predictably been resuscitated. A good time, then, to revisit Donald Hirsch’s cover feature from the June issue of Prospect, in which Hirsch says we are asking the wrong questions about eduatcion. Rather than arguing about exams being dumbed down, we should instead be discussing if we are making reasonable and appropriate demands of our children, and asking what kind…

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