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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2018, 22:55 
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This came up in one of the Special Sixth discussions last week, in relation to needlework. There are various references to people, usually new girls, not taking particular subjects, or taking extra art or music, but I'm struggling to think of references to people actually dropping subjects, except during the brief incarnation of Special Sixth. In the geography lesson in New Mistress, for example, and in some of the lessons in Peggy, the whole of VIa or VIb seems to be there. Is there anywhere where people actually discuss which subjects they're taking in the VIth form?

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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2018, 23:04 
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I think we are told that Len is 'specialising' in the sixth form rather than taking the 'general' course - Triplets maybe. Otherwise they all seem to take everything. EBD was a bit hazy about A levels/Highers.


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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2018, 23:11 
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Gay talks about dropping subjects after School Cert., and says she isn't allowed to specialise in music until then, although she's already dropped science in favour of extra maths. And in Triplets there's a bit at the beginning about Len having dropped art in favour of extra Spanish. The idea seems to be that once you'd sat the School Cert./GCE at sixteen or so, you could drop certain subjects like music, art, science, maths, history etc. if you were bad at/didn't want to carry on with them, as long as you replaced them with something else, usually something more suited to your career plans, such as the Len example above. She apparently sucks at art, so she drops it in favour of Spanish, which is obviously much more suited to her plans for a degree in modern languages.

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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2018, 23:59 
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Carola contains one of the more eccentric curricular suggestions (to me, anyway) that I can think of: Miss Annersley discusses Carola's previous education with her in Chapter 6 and concludes "As you have had a year's botany, and seem to have done practically no maths, we had better concentrate on the botany and cut the maths out. No need for you to do both." And yet in the previous sentences her arithmetic is apparently perfectly adequate and she has done "a little" algebra, just no geometry. I also found it a bit odd that as someone who had done no chemistry, she was expected to "soon pick up" as much of it as the other girls in her form, VB...


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PostPosted: 17 Jan 2018, 08:19 
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WEll, that would depend on when Vb began to learn chemistry scifically, rather than just a genral science course or focusing on botany or biology. If they had only begun chemistry the previous term, picking up the background would not have been too difficult.

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