John Germain is quite right, but its perhaps worth reflecting on the fact
that for most of the period when the emphasis in British education was on
the three Rs, there was no 'A' level in such subjects as archaeology, and
archaeology made an even poorer show in the history textbooks than today (no
dates to learn off by heart).
Having had the possibility of seeing my own child develop in both the
British education system and one in a country with a far more traditional
approach concentrating on hammering away at those "basics", taking into
account the advantages and shortcomings of both systems I would cast my vote
in favour of the more general benefits of the British approach and not the
mind-narrowing education imposed on a whole nation (with deep social
consequences) by the latter. Anyway, there are spell-checkers and pocket
calculators (and indeed text-to-voice programs) to free us of the mechanics
of the three Rs....
A bit off topic, sorry
----- Original Message -----
From: John Germain <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2002 7:19 AM
Subject: Re: Archealogy A'Level
> Yes, maam. <dry> Terrible.
> That was my thought too, but then I read his other posts.
> He may not have the first idea as to spelling, but he has a job; is taking
Evening Classes; intends to obtain a qualification not related to his
> More power to his ****** elbow.
> The salvation of Archeology will be in his hands and those like him.