Baccalaureate examinations are becoming increasingly popular and they take a different approach. While they are advertised as education which will prepare for the world of work and encourage thinking and open learning these goals are more easily achieved by the very bright. Some schools tend to ignore the more straightforward needs of the less bright students.
One approach is to beat the death out of a subject. More enjoyable is to expose the needed information through interesting extension material. One paper I use a lot for Biology explains how bacteria resistant to antibiotics existed before antibiotics had been discovered. Follow the link from the Daily Telegraph to the Lancet to see the original – this is an easier read.
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