I've not replied really at all to any of this stuff before as I'm very unlikely to ever be teaching A Level again now, but this has caught my attention so...
Here are some of the aspects that have been proposed as fundamental to the CORE study of geography which I suspect may cause sleepless nights for many, although of course for others maybe not:
Off the bat, is that the *whole* of the core or are there a bunch of other things in there as well? If there's other stuff then that's a massive core. Tbh a lot of it sounds like the final year set of option modules I had at uni (25 years+ ago...) - but we only had to pick 4 of them.
- economic restructuring and its effects on place
- place making and marketing
OK, that's stuff that's coming out of the Edexcel spec right now isn't it? Bit meh imo but it's probably OK by itself...
- cultural and artistic approaches to representing place (photography, film, art, literature, poetry
and drama - so Show of Hands; Country Life everyone please)
- lived experience of place in the past and present
Ah - now that was my final year at uni :-)
Lovely stuff - Gremlins is a fantastic exploration of the American small town myth (compare how they use the city at the beginning) and is a lovely comparison with It's a wonderful life (which is actually playing in one of the scenes fairly early in the film): the same mythology in both really. My mate did her final project on that on science fiction cities - I can remember us watching Bladerunner together. Me, I looked at Springsteen and the whole American dream thing.
Great stuff - but really not A level imo. Crosses over into loads of different bits and pieces as well - I can remember a lecture we had about painting at one point as well but I can't recall what stuff the chap looked at. Same ideas though :-)
I just wonder how many of the panel, many Professors, would currently be able to achieve an A* grade on what they are proposing for 17/18 year old A level students.
That's an entirely fair point.
No idea what they'll end up with but it can't include all of that stuff in just a human core. Some of it's really, really interesting but it's the sort of thing that might be interesting to be introduced to at uni and then decide to specialise in, not to build an A level around.