Michael West is a Year 11 student who wrote to me following my recent article in The Times’ Eureka magazine. He has given me permission to reproduce the email here:
I am a student, aged 16, and in the process of taking my GCSE in Triple Science.
I have just finished reading your article in Eureka and I would just like to say how fantastic it is to read that we share the same views on the education system with regards the teaching of science.
Our class has found the last two years rather tedious as a large amount of what we have studied seemed to be of a lower level, in comparison, to Key Stage 3.
Why is it that the SATS were harder exams than the first few GCSE papers?
The science that we have covered in the past two years has been so badly composed that it has led to me no longer enjoy these lessons, which used to be exciting and encouraged my yearning for knowledge.
It causes me distress that this curriculum that is called “21st Century Science” seems to be a few steps behind with regards the level of information and the majority of exams being of the “Tick-Box” kind.
Many people will not have been enticed or excited into science in the way that I have been and, to be quite frank, with the past two years of GCSE I don’t blame them!
Thank you for speaking your mind and I do hope the curriculum is improved so that science can be presented to students in a way that shows them the enormous amount of money, excitement and development they can get out of this industry.
I eagerly look forward to taking Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Math for A-Level in the hope that I can become a doctor.