It is hugely regrettable that, in this day and age when intercultural understanding is not merely a preferable but essential skill for living in an increasingly connected world, the AQA Exam Board has decided to axe its new Anthropology A-level.
I strongly believe that without anthropologists, modern-day Paganism as we know it simply wouldn’t exist, and Shinto would be unknown outside Japan. I strongly believe therefore that students should have the option to study this fascinating, respected and significant discipline while they are at school. As we know from recent global events, cultural misunderstanding is one of the root causes of conflict today; a greater knowledge of anthropology can help to cure this by teaching us that the huge variety of different ways of life that exist among different cultures should be appreciated and celebrated.
If you feel the same way as I do, please sign this petition to AQA to re-instate Anthropology A-level.
NB – The note in the image is by Ruth Benedict, one of the most influential and important historical figures in the field of Japanese Studies.