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Why oh why do they ( politicians) muck about with education
August 24, 2017

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Why oh why do they ( politicians) muck about with education

August 24, 2017

Because they can! I am no fan of change for the sake of change, such idiocy produces huge waste, untold costs and usually a lot of distress and heartache. BUT; A Levels are the defining examinations that are meant to not only prepare youngsters for university but also to indicate whether or not they have the aptitude for a degree education and in what subjects. O Levels, GCSEs as they became, were fine for rote learning. Teach a subject, get your pupils to learn it off by heart and then reproduce it in answer form a couple of years later. No great in depth understanding of the subject matter or in depth analysis required, rote learning, the ability to absorb and retain information, very little about actually understanding it. A Levels are meant to be a huge step up the intelligence ladder,  requiring analysis, understanding and the ability to debate the subject with reasoned thought and research. Allowing a major chunk of the pass mark to rely on 'course work' was never a good idea in my opinion. I heard a young student on TV recently complaining the changes to purely exam based results meant she had to remember'stuff' taught to her 2 years previously. Yes, I thought, imagine if she wanted to become a doctor and she had forgotten the basics she had been taught at the start of her medical training!! Course work orientated qualifications supported only in part by exam results are open to cheating, nepotism and vary hugely from school to school. A national curriculum supported by national examinations is a far better method in my opinion. Not perfect by any means but a system that requires hard work, diligence, application to study and the ability to retain AND understand what is being taught. The old system of exam based qualifications was tossed aside in the same era that saw competitions in school sports banished to avoid having winners and losers and a plethora of other tree hugging nonsensical, whimsical changes introduced. I did my A Levels via open university, I completed my civil service Interpreters degree in a similar fashion. Hard work and application to study never hurt anyone, in my opinion.  

August 24, 2017

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Why oh why do they ( politicians) muck about with education

August 24, 2017

Looking at the world education table Britain is now rated 29th in the world for Math and  English, They say that this is because of a new way of learning in Math, considering that English is the 2nd most spoken language in the world, it is a sad state of affairs that we, the British can only come in at 29th. Just recently the tills at the ASDA cut out during a thunderstorm, pandemonium reigned, over ninety five% of the operators could not add up the simplest of customers bills, never mind the weekly shop. Mental was not the word for it, one would think that mental arithmetic was is/was not being taught any longer, The politicians have a lot to answer for, on another tack, there is an advert on the television at the moment where the children are be taught by a rapper, the children are looking as if they are taking the lesson in, it is another way of rote learning , it is worth watching.


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