I definitely agree with this one. Eng lit is of minimal relevance to the world of employment yet few people appear to challenge its overrated status as part of the secondary school curriculum. There are some employers who think that Eng lit should be optional rather than compulsory for KS4 and more effort spent on teaching children better grammar and 'business world' English but they don't seem to be very vocal. IMO the way Eng lit is taught at schools such as critically analysing poetry spoils the subject completely. Why not just read the books at home in bed?Eng Lit
Why not just read the books?
Maths. I have never once in my life had to utilise any of the stuff I was taught about logarithms, Pythagorus, algebra, ven diagrams, Pi, simulateous equations etc etc.
All that is needed for life is the ability to do mental arithmetic, and I think that's something far better learned by living in the community, going to shops etc, than in years spent in classrooms.
Maths is a controversial subject. Many critics say that all that is required for at least 80% of the adult population is knowledge of arithmetic and a bit of statistics. They don't need to know algebra or trigonometry or calculus meaning that these really are niche subjects for people who want careers in things like engineering.Disagree. I have had to use "Pythagorus, algebra, ven diagrams, Pi," at various stages, just "doing stuff" in business and life.
British school PE lessons are heavily biased towards team sports yet only a miniscule fraction of people ever become professional sportsmen. Children who are hopeless at team sports get badly victimised despite team sports not being of any relevance to life as an adult unless they want a sporting career.P.E. - in particular, games with sticks and hard balls. I could never see the point and used to bunk off to do Latin homework.
I certainly think English is badly taught in schools. When I was at school during the 1980s I thought handwriting was overrated as my school would not let me use a word processor even for homework.English - all of it!
Children learn to communicate in their first language(s) almost effortlessly, and from what I've seen, if they're allowed to continue to develop this skill in the real world and in real situations, they do.
School, in many cases, interrupts or destroys this
I'm all for good teachers though - the ones that don't need captive audiences :bounce:
There's a lot of controversy over MFL and even more controversy over the way it is taught. Plenty of critics of MFL are saying that the British education system has an unhealthy overreliance on French and that the government needs to take action to make the study of various Asian languages that are becoming increasingly important for business and commerce available to all. Independent school can teach any foreign languages they like but some piece of legislation restricts most state schools to teaching European languages.Modern Foreign Languages - many young people struggle with the grasp of their first language difficult enough. Starting to learn a second or even third langauage just for the sake of it is madness. I studied French for five years (at school) and can barely put together a sentence, although I can recall rather a lot of random French words. I do, however, speak several other languages, none of which were learned from books. I learned by speaking them with native speakers.
I would say that RE is seen more as a pointless or worthless subject rather than an overrated subject. Many secondary school have made RE GCSE compulsory in recent years. Probably because head teachers see it as an easy subject and therefore an easy way to bump up league tables.For me, it would have to be religious studies.
I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned science. It is definitely a loathed subject at secondary school level which is why so many (failed) initiatives have been put in place by the government over the past 25 years like trying to make the subject trendy and dumbing down the curriculum to make it easier.All subjects, if they are not freely chosen by children in school.