Posted by jessiebo August 24, 2010 at 05:06
Whilst I agree that the matter of public examinations urgently needs to be discussed and consequently amended, the general public must recognise that this will be a complex exercise, not a quick fix or simple return to the past. If we go into this with a tabloid perspective it will be an unmitigated disaster.

Rather than repeat points already made it would be better to continue the discussion here:[…]/meaningful-exam-grades

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Posted by spudhead August 24, 2010 at 10:26
I think students and teachers should be praised for their work and efforts, not doubted for succeeding and making a success of someone starting out in adult life. One of major flaws of the UK is that we knock about those who try to succeed and brand them with hot irons if they try to make something of their lives.

There is no British version of the American Dream. It's all rain, dole queues, 'whodoeshethinkheisehgetaloadofthatponce', rotten eggs and socialism trickling down the riches to the poorest who feel no inclination to work for it.

Well done instead to those who have gotten good grades today, and shame on the doomandgloomsayers for deriding you.

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Posted by mikeyp August 24, 2010 at 12:10
No need for the "perhaps"in your title. We absolutely SHOULD return to 'O' and 'A' levels, marked with the same rigour as previously. About 15 years ago, my son, who did 'A' level chemistry, and got a good grade saw my chemistry 'O' level papers and thought they were for 'A' level. He then saw my 'A' level papers, and knowing I had a chemistry degree, thought these were for my degree. That was 15 years ago and grade inflation has got much worse since.

In no way is it the students' fault that the exams are so easy, but it is time, once and for all, to end this "prizes for all" culture.

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