Goodness me, what an outpouring of discourse "The Mass Debate" caused yesterday!
Anyhoo, may I tear you away from the mechanics of projectiles and divert your attention to Nanny and her works?
This little vignette sounds almost so implausible that I thought someone was "'aving a larf" with me. Regrettably it is 100% true.
One of Nanny's chums, Dr Mike Reddy a senior lecturer in computing and engineering at the University of Wales, wants to engender trust and respect in his students.
I have no idea, but the method he has chosen will do no more than to make him look like a twat in their eyes.
He has decided to let them set their own final-year exam, and also to take notes into the exam hall in case they could not answer their own questions.
What???? I hear you ejaculate (oh dear, there's that word before the 9PM watershed).
Yes folks, not only do his students get to set the exam, just in case they really are too thick and dumb they can also take their own notes in to answer their own questions!
Beggars belief doesn't it?
Dr Reddy claims that it is better than "the common practice" of recycling old exam papers, or giving "strong hints" about content. Well, none of the exams I took were recycled; but then again, my lecturers and teachers actually took some pride in their work.
"We all wanted the chance to show the research we had put into the subject.
Some people would suggest that an open-book exam is open to plagiarism.
I would counter that by the fact that the students felt a trust and respect from our collaboration."
Prof Alan Smithers, the director of the centre for education and employment research at Buckingham University, said that this was a load of old bollocks (or rather he implied it:)):
"Final degree exams recognise achievement and provide accurate information about how well the student has done.
They are high stakes and competitive and should be carried out under invigilated standards."
In the same spirit, Nanny Knows Best is proud to announce its own degree scheme. Those of you who want to award themselves a first class degree in Nanny Studies should send a cheque addressed to the Ken Frost "build a holiday villa in Spain" fund.
It is not only fun, novel, exciting and challenging; it is compulsory!