More evidence of dumbed-down UK schools

Look what French kids get up to at their A‑Level equiv­a­lents:

Con­tro­ver­sy Erupts in French Class­rooms over Per­mit­ting Teens to Genet­i­cal­ly Mod­i­fy Bac­te­ria: Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can:

A row has bro­ken out in France over whether 15- and 16-year-olds should be allowed to cre­ate trans­genic Escherichia coli bac­te­ria in the class­room.

Prac­ti­cal exper­i­ments in which stu­dents learn how to use plas­mids to alter the DNA of the bac­te­ria have been under way for 17 and 18-year-olds in the final year of the sci­en­tif­ic bac­calau­re­ate at schools across France for the past decade.

When I was in my final year in School, in 1985–6, we used to be able to do biol­o­gy at this sort of lev­el (not exact­ly of course, plas­mids had­n’t even been dis­cov­ered then — but approx­i­mate­ly the same lev­el of tech­nique.

I bet kids in the final year of A‑Levels in the UK nowa­days aren’t even allowed near live cul­tures, let alone being allowed to breed new ones.

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