Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Great Regulars: First the name: did it not occur to you

that "baccalaureate" was inappropriate? It derives from the Latin baculum, the staff that students received when they completed their studies, which is why Napoleon picked it up when he invented le baccalauréat, awarded at the end of a lycée education in France when students are 18.

Now the exams. You are proud to have abolished coursework and gone back to the exams that I sat in the 1960s.

from Michael Rosen: The Guardian: Dear Mr Gove: Michael Rosen's letter from a curious parent


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