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The state of science

A very scary statistic reported by the BBC:

"Finally, once again, it has to be reported that the amazing percentage of 59% of higher level candidates think the current in a wire is the movement of positive electrons"

That's not amazing, that's worrying. These are students taking the higher level science exams! It seems that the new qualifications watchdog for England (creatively named Ofqual) has some serious concerns with both general science and physics GCSE exams, and I can see why. They do go on to clarify though:

"...there are such things as positive electrons, but they are not on the specification for science or additional science and, being antimatter, most certainly do not flow in a wire."

Posted by Megan on Thursday 02nd Apr 2009 (05:39 UTC) | Add a comment | Permalink


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