Exams - Are these really the way forward??
Posted 12 March 2009 - 03:36 PM
My dad went ballistic at the D in maths, and seemed to expect an A from me in both results, showing no emotion towards my sociology grade. It was at this point, sat on the sofa, I realized what is, in my opinion one of the biggest failings of education: exams.
Exams gear us towards learning specific information relevant to a subject in a specific way. In my eyes, they channel us towards learning the minimum required to pass the exam. Instead of focusing on teaching a wide knowledge of a subject, teachers second-guess what they believe will be on the exam and teach solely that information.
But what I find most frustrating about exams is that you could have one off day (like I did on my maths, felt rotten all day, though this didnt seem to lighten the blow from pops in the slightest >.<) and your grade is blown. The whole system of education, and jobs, revolves around earning grades in order to gain a job, with stigma attached to courses (such as english and maths) and the older, more traditional universities. Education is no longer put in place to inform, but simply as a means to an end.
I understand I've created a very biased opinion through this post, and hope that you either strengthen or counter this argument in your posts
Are exams beneficial or destructive to education?
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 07:00 PM
Posted 13 March 2009 - 03:15 AM
Heck, I'm still horrible with algebra, but that hasn't stopped me from pursuing my B.A. I even pulled off a B in the single required math course (not algebra, thankfully).
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 09:42 AM
I think someone with an average education has a greater chance of getting a job then someone with higher or lower education.. Haven't you ever see people get turned away from a job even with a education higher then 80% of the US because the employer was too worried that you would be a replacement for them?? An others with lower education well as all knows you cant have a person with a elementary education working to make something we use on a daily bases.. Yeah don't want to buy a broom only to get it home and it cut your hand off or something because a first grader put it together.. (though that would be pretty funny to see in a weird kind of way.. I have a weird kind of humor..morbid maybe?)
Posted 18 March 2009 - 03:24 PM
I wish exams were eliminated..or at least didn't have that big of a count towards a final grade. I know for myself sometimes it was that final exam that caused my grade to drop.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 01:43 PM
I understand that teachers need some semi- objective way to rate your performance, but I don't think tests are the answer... they should move towards more papers & projects because I think that's where I really learned stuff.
Edited by JerrySizzler, 01 April 2009 - 01:45 PM.
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