Remember 1975? Possibly not, but I was reminded of the summer of that year recently when my good friend from school Richard Leahy sent me a pdf of the Physics_O_level_1975 (pdf). Please feel free to download the paper and have a go. There is no doubt that it requires a level of recall and facility with formulae and abstract manipulations that go way beyond GCSE. I don’t want to go on and on about this, but these days Richard is a fair old whizz with at all kinds of brain imaging. And he was set on this road to making peoples lives better by his education. He didn’t come from a family of academics and neither did I. I don’t have any doubt at all that if we had had the kind of education being offered in schools today, it would have been impossible for us to have achieved we have. The education we had stretched us and we are failing the capable children of today if we fail to stretch our children to achieve what they can.
Take a look at some of the things he can do at his site.