Not Rocket Science wrote:
The first semester was concerned with the "ethics" of game design. Three months wasted on bloody PC bullshit.
Yep, and from what I understand from graduates in the last few (more than a few years actually) years, anyone who doesn't buy into the PC/revisionist rubbish and expresses a contrary opinion soon find their marks dropping rapidly.
There were a number of newly qualified Solicitors at the firm and she was appalled at the punctuation and spelling mistakes. She said their letters were abysmal and she spent half her time correcting them. I don't understand how they passed their Solicitors' Final,
It is because examiners are no longer allowed to mark down papers for bad spelling, grammar etc.
Everything seems to be heading for the sewer. We have people from the examining boards giving away hints to teachers or making exams so easy even they find it amazing how it got past the regulators. So the whole system is corrupt, from teachers, exam boards to regulators.
It's not the exam boards, it's the system. It's about league tables and high percentage passes, not about producing highly educated people. My wife works for an exam board. The teachers are under pressure to produce results, therefore they put the exam boards under pressure. Currently they have an exam paper for a certain subject which is not selling, because one of the other exam boards has made their easier. Then their rep goes to the schools/teachers and tells them it's easier and that they'll get higher pass rates/marks.
What do you think the teacher will do? So, the other exam board has a choice, stick with a reasonably high standard of exam and hardly sell any, or dumb theirs down? What do you think they will do? It's a race to the bottom.
It's the old adage, KPIs breed lies. I remember reading about some of the tricks that were used in the NHS to 'achieve' targets. A couple I remember were, number of patients on trolleys left in corridors. The solution? Remove the wheels and then they could be classified as beds. Waiting times in A&E before being seen. The solution? Hire a triage nurse (some junior nurse) who would come out with a clipboard, take a few details and disappear off again. This counted as the patient having been 'seen' and then they could be removed off the waiting times list.
O-levels no longer exist:
Oh yes they do. It's just we don't use them in the UK anymore. They're still produced and sold by the exam boards for the international market. They're quite highly regarded.http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/ac ... l/overview