The TES is reporting that the government has been criticised in the House of Lords after the decision to drop feminism from the A-level politics syllabus.
Government whip Baroness Evans of Bowes Park said politics A-level would have a “new focus” because universities had indicated that the three core theories of conservatism, socialism and liberalism would “best prepare” students for their undergraduate studies.
But shadow education spokesman Lord Watson of Invergowrie told her: “I hope we’re not seeing a pattern developing here because in addition to the A-level politics syllabus, recently the A-level music syllabus had to be changed because it featured 63 male composers and no female composer – and now includes five.”
…Liberal Democrat Baroness Parminter earlier told Lady Evans: “Increasing awareness of the outstanding challenges facing gender equality requires young people to be familiar with political thinkers and the movements which have generated progress to date.
“So can I ask you why the government intends to cut feminism and limit to one political female thinker in the proposed politics A-level syllabus?”
Lady Evans replied: “You’ll be aware there is currently no requirement in the existing A-level criteria to study feminism.
“Exam boards have worked closely with universities on the proposed content and that’s why the recently consulted content has identified three core political theories to be studied.
“But, of course, the work of key female thinkers can be included within these…”
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