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Pete Bennett and Julian McDougall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325031

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325031.001.0001

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After the Subject: Towards a Real Reform

After the Subject: Towards a Real Reform

(p.163) 10: After the Subject: Towards a Real Reform
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Pete Bennett

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at the design principles of the reforms of GCSE and A level, which have sought to reduce the number of subjects offered by outlawing 'overlap' between subjects, in other words the very interdisciplinarity that this book is seeking to inspire and support. In England now, with the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and 'new' A levels defined by content rather than concepts, the book's arguments suddenly find themselves fighting 'hand-to-hand' with government policy. These reactionary outbursts represent a rejection of pretty much all of the philosophical movements of the last fifty years, ironically there is a darkly quirky postmodernism in the conception of these 'reforms'. Ultimately, this book encourages more radical thinking about Media Studies and 'Critical Studies'. The chapter then considers the importance of going back to reading not only as a basic skill or an educational tool but as 'only one aspect of consumption, but a fundamental one'.

Keywords:   GSCE, A level, interdisciplinarity, English Baccalaureate, government policy, Medical Studies, Critical Studies, reading, educational tool, media consumption

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