English doesn't have to be a mandatory subject in the HSC.

English doesn't have to be a mandatory subject in the HSC.

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Martin Henry started this petition to Year 10-12 Students

Sign this petition to influence change within NESA, where English doesn't have to be the single mandatory subject for all students in the HSC.


English is an important subject but I feel that many of the modules and sections in the English curriculum are exaggerated and hence unnecessary. 


An example of this every student has to undergo in all forms of English classes is the analysis of a text. Shakespeare is common to almost every year undertaking English including the HSC years of high school. 


Outcome 1
A student:
› responds to, composes and evaluates complex texts for understanding, interpretation, critical
analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure EA11-1


This is an extract from the Advanced English syllabus. 


Of course, assessments on these syllabus based outcomes are to test our ability to "respond... and evaluate complex texts" but it's overdone and these modules of the English curriculum are for sure necessary out of school. Buying a car, buying a house, communication with others, undertaking job interviews and many other life skills where part of the Outcome listed above would apply to. 


English is critical, but if it were to be mandatory, rather test grammatical skills, comprehension and language conventions. NAPLAN as much as it is has shown little benefit over the years and doesn't actually test anything relating to the syllabus and things students learn.

"The minimum benchmark shifts for each year level, because we would expect a different minimum level of writing performance for 16-year-olds than we would of ten-year-olds. So, in Year 3 the minimum benchmark is Band 2, and in Year 9 it is Band 6. A gifted and talented Year 3 student could easily achieve a Band 6 or above, and it is conceivable a struggling Year 9 student may only reach a Band 2.This year, a staggering 16.5% of Year 9 students across Australia were below benchmark in writing. Back in 2011, when those students were in Year 3, only 2.8% of them were below benchmark. Somehow we dropped the ball for thousands of those kids as they progressed through school" - NAPLAN going backwards

The english section tested (excluding the creative writing) in it would make much more sense applied into the NESA syllabus for all levels of English, even if it was mandatory just for this purpose. Speeches as well to a lesser extent still help prepare the student for the public speaking skill which almost everyone goes through outside of school. But the more extreme and exaggerated elements of the English course including analysing why the curtain is blue and how this draws out the emotional state of the author in writing about the key issues of her novel or having to write a creative story which I'm sure 75%+ are going to be writing these stories on the job in the future are unnecessary as a life skill which school is meant to prepare us for right?


Boil it down to the critical parts that are important or scrap it as a mandatory subject.


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