Friday, August 31, 2007
"Many people observe the stars using:
A a telescope
B a microscope
C an X-ray tube
D a synthesiser?"
Congratulations, if you can answer the above correctly you are well on your way to achieving a grade in Nanny's new dumbed down science exams.
The only trouble is you will be qualified to do fark all!
Nanny has told examiners to set easier questions in some GCSE science papers. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), says that exam papers should consist of 70% "low-demand questions".
A nation of thickos is born!
In the past five years, the proportion of students gaining a grade D or better in one of the combined science papers has leapt from 39.6% to 46.7%.
Nanny says that the two tier method will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to show what they are capable of, without being thrown off course by questions that are too hard or too easy.
But what's the farking point of awarding a qualification to everyone?
You still need to stream people in some way, so that the best are put into the best universities and the best jobs.
A convoy moves at the speed of the slowest ship, by catering to the dim instead of challenging them Nanny is depriving the more able of their chance to push their boundaries.
Jim Sinclair, the JCQ director, said:
"Part of the desire is that the student
can come out of the exam with a feeling of
success that they have actually tackled
a significant proportion of the questions,
and achieved the best grade expected.
The vast majority of candidates taking this
exam are going to achieve grades D to G,
and they deserve a positive experience of science.
They can only have that by being allowed to
attempt questions which are at their level.
It is making exams accessible to candidates."
What a load of bollocks!
Exams are not the Oprah Winfrey show, designed to make students feel good about themselves. Exams are there to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to stop morons being put into positions that far exceed their abilities.
Regrettably the current morons in government seem to have bypassed the streaming system.