Hate to go back to the Alison Pearson drivel, they've allowed some pretty big criticisms through. Well done Lucy.
Ergh, I'm fed up of reading and hearing this; the only reason young people are achieving is because the exams are supposedly easier. Now, being 18 (and incidentally hoping to collect some decent exam results tomorrow), I have obviously not had the pleasure of taking the exams equivalent to the A Level some 30 years ago - then again, neither have the generation above us had the experience of taking today's A Levels. Criticisms based purely on statistics without looking into content are grossly misleading. The past two years (taking AS and A2) have been the most intellectually rigorous, and frankly mentally and physically demanding, two years of my school career, and so it should be. But to have people probably three times my age commenting on how myself and my peers 'have it easy', when I have worked tirelessly all year to obtain the grades I need to get into university; it just reassures me that criticisms such as this are really talking utter nonsense.
- Lucy, Harrow