Poll: What do you think of the English Baccalaureate (EBac/EBacc)?

29 Jul

Do you agree with Voice General Secretary Philip Parkin that the English Baccalaureate is "narrow and pointless" or with the Commons Education Committee that it "should not have been introduced before the National Curriculum Review was completed", or with the DfE and Schools Minister Nick Gibb that “these academic subjects reflect the knowledge and skills young people need to progress to further study or to rewarding employment"?

Have your say on the EBac/Ebacc/E-Bac (opinions vary!) in our poll (right) and add your comments below

Poll result: What do you think of the English Baccalaureate (EBac/EBacc)? (29 July 24 August 2011)

  • It is useful and should continue in its present form: 13% (2 votes)
  • It should be revised to include more subjects that are currently excluded: 40% (6 votes)
  • It is pointless and should be abandoned: 47% (7 votes)


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4 Responses to “Poll: What do you think of the English Baccalaureate (EBac/EBacc)?”

  1. C Jessop 13. Nov, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    To Philip Parkin: I have just read your comments on the EBac in the Voice newsletter. I agree very much with your comment that to brand this a "Baccalaureate" is extremely misleading, because it merely repackages existing qualifications. I am hurt and confused, however, as a Voice member who is also a teacher of Greek, as to why you chose to make such an ill-considered swipe at my subject. Your assertion that a GCSE in ICT is of more practical use is highly dubious; my son has just completed an ICT GCSE and found it taught him little that he could not have got from on-line tutorials. Studying Greek, on the other hand, a subject of genuine academic rigour, provides a foundation for linguistic understanding, raises cultural awareness and trains the mind in logical thinking and problem solving, providing transferable skills of enormous benefit in all sorts of vocational contexts. This is quite apart from its pure educational value, in that it gives pupils the opportunity to read and appreciate some of the world’s greatest literature and understand something of a culture which is the foundation of so much of Western civilisation.
    I think an apology is in order for those of your members who teach classical subjects, whose subscriptions pay your salary and whom you have insulted in this cavalier fashion. I am afraid that only ignorance can excuse you.

  2. Philip Parkin 14. Nov, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    We weren’t arguing against the value of Greek (I’m married to a classicist!) and we do fully appreciate the values of Latin and Greek in a broad and balanced education. We were arguing for the inclusion of other subjects (such as ICT) and against the whole total nonsense of the EBacc.

    • C Jessop 15. Nov, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      Well, it reads very much like an argument against the value of Greek. The case for the inclusion of ICT should stand on its own merits and there is no need to denigrate other subjects to make that case. If you appreciate the value of Greek then you should realise that those of us who are trying to keep the subject alive could do without the negative publicity you have given it, whether you intended to or not.

  3. Katy Miti 18. Sep, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I think the whole I idea of introducing EBAC is a very bad one. My child has learning difficulties and will be starting secondary school in 2014, I am so concerned about how he would cope with having to do this exam.I can forsee that it will bring a great deal of division between those who are academically able and those who are not. My Son will probably end up struggling and not being able to do these exams and then how will that look on his CV. Also what will this mean in the whole two years before the exam, are they going to abolish setting different levels of classes as they do now because everyone will be doing the same exam. That’s every parents nightmare. So the top level students wil in the same classes as the lower set students, how that going to work especially across the board of different types of schools: ie Private , Grammer and Comprehansive. And think about the pressure all this is going to put on the teachers.All in all I think it’s an extemely bad idea, I’m shocked the public and the teacher’s union were not consulted about it. I think when the elections come many parents and teachers will definatly not be voting conservative.

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