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Are pupils made to choose subjects too early?

It can seem strange that, at such a young age, pupils are made to choose which subjects to study. Barry Black looks at the factors that shape these often life-altering decisions

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I don’t think many of us living now ever appreciate the gravity of decisions we had to make back “then”. This is certainly the case with school subject choices. I, and many others I discuss this with, can trace back what we do today to ticking those columns that selected our Standard Grade and Higher subjects, many years ago.

My desire to take as few science subjects as possible, coupled with my yearning to drop maths at the earliest opportunity, meant that I spent most of my time in the social sciences corridor. Fast forward to today, and I am trying to convince my folks that “sociologist” ...

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