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Fault lines emerge in plan for geography and history GCSE

Discussion in 'History' started by gailrobinson, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. A rift has opened up between rival camps of geographers over
    contentious plans to create a new combined history and geography GCSE to
    meet the English Baccalaureate (EBac) requirements.
    In order to
    receive an EBac, students are required to obtain a GCSE or IGCSE in
    either history or geography, as well as English, maths, two sciences and
    a foreign language.
    Fearing that schools will force students to
    choose between the humanities subjects and not give them the opportunity
    to take both, the Geographical Association (GA) and the Better History
    Group think-tank have joined forces to propose the combined GCSE.
    the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), the professional body for
    geographers, believes the joint GCSE amounts to "substantially watering
    down" both subjects.

    What's your take on this - do you agree with the RGS?
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  2. MarkJH

    MarkJH New commenter

    Being a bit controversial, there have been accusations in recent years that Geography has already strayed over into other subjects' territory in e.g. Human Geography. I hasten to add that it was a Head of RS who was being most outspoken about this!
  3. Besides which, I've never really understood why History and Geography are so frequently lumped together anyway. Though there may be elements of history in Geography, and times when geography is relevant to events in History, the disciplines are quite distinct, I think.
    But the current trend in education seems to be to move away from separate subjects altogether.

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