One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after…Oh dear, not another hilarity-causing paper..?
… a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.Just because they were female. Wow. Think about this for a moment.
The Girls’ Day School Trust, the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, joined leading academics and composers in backing Ms McCabe’s campaign.
At a meeting this week the 17-year-old received a personal apology from Mark Anderson, Managing Director of Edexcel’s parent company Pearson, and an assurance that the course will change. She had written to him demanding change following her involvement in a ‘Fearless Futures’ programme exploring gender inequality, which she said enabled her to recognise “normalised sexism” .Ah. I can see where we are going with this. A sausage factory course churning out identikit angry birds. What could go wrong?
Ms McCabe is not resting on her laurels and has already written to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, as she wants to “role (sic) this process out to other exam boards”.
The teenager said: “It’s not just Edexcel [where this problem exists], other exam boards are at fault too. Edexcel is the leader in A level music but there are other people studying music with different exam boards so they should have the opportunity to learn about women composers too.”Let’s hope any prospective employer Googles Ms McCabe’s name before offering her a job.
You wouldn’t want your company’s name to be dragged through the mud by employing a shrill harpy who has public spats with ‘misogynists’, would you?