George Van Den Bergh

Another case for course correction

Ever since it became a required topic in 2002, citizenship has crept into lessons where it doesn’t belong. Languages are one of the casualties.

‘What do you think about the dangers of smoking?’ ‘Do you have problems with pollution in your local area?’ And my favourite — a suggested question for French GCSE: ‘What is the best thing that has happened to you as a homeless person?’ All significant problems, ça va sans dire.

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