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Beta1
27-08-2009, 14:28:56
For the moment ignore the fact that exams are getting easier for a minute.

Just been to school to pick up the exam results and they are great.

Most importantly my GCSE class has beaten their targets by more than anyone elses.

Even more importantly the kids I fought and fought to get into the higher tier papers (my boss wanted to play it safe and enter them foundation which limits them to a C) all got Bs or better. One kid has gone up from a C to an A.

I AM THE BEST! (although admittedly the kids did some of the work too)

Venom
27-08-2009, 14:30:58
You may just have the best cheaters.

Funko
27-08-2009, 14:31:06
:beer:

I'm sure the kids had nothing to do with it.

Greg W
27-08-2009, 14:32:38
(although admittedly the kids did some of the work too)Glad they get some credit...

Japher
27-08-2009, 14:46:33
kumbyYa!

Cort Haus
27-08-2009, 22:29:35
Good for your CVA scores. Maybe my team will head-hunt your headteacher.

Beta1
28-08-2009, 07:26:58
Please do! You can have my curriculum leader if you like too!

MDA
28-08-2009, 11:17:40
screw success, the best thing we can do for our students is teach them not to fail!

Greg W
28-08-2009, 12:59:09
Nah, teach them to accept failure instead. It's so bad that our Gen Yers (aged under 25) have been classified as a disadvantaged group (http://www.news.com.au/business/story/0,27753,25851537-462,00.html). :rolleyes:

Provost Harrison
29-08-2009, 01:02:31
There's no failure with the modern British education system...everybody passes now. With an A.

Oerdin
29-08-2009, 01:30:46
It sounds like the American education system then but if your students can actually read then they're a step ahead.

Provost Harrison
29-08-2009, 01:42:15
Of course not...why let such a silly thing such as illiteracy get in the way of a good grade ;)

Greg W
29-08-2009, 02:15:04
I had heard (though not from first hand sources) that they don't fail kids here either. They give them a "deferred success." :rolleyes:

Provost Harrison
30-08-2009, 22:01:31
Yeah, I think it is time we stopped beating around the bush and graded appropriately. But I don't agree with dumping them on the shitheap of life, at least if it was a big enough wake up call for the kid to give a shit. Which normally, it isn't. Problem with this fucking society these days...they're content to just mooch off the state for the rest of their days when it is so hard to find a job with a decent living. And to be fair, with so many people going through university with nothing for them to do afterwards, I can see where the apathy originates from. There were times in the past when I seemed to constantly reach dead ends and wonder "why did I bother?". I mean have any of you tried a career in science? My advice - don't bother (I also know the answer is yes - a certain Dr Beta will back me up on that).

Beta1
31-08-2009, 08:21:37
I personally think its time we drop grading entirely and simply report the students national position in terms of a ranked percentile at both A and GCSE level (for simplicities sake make the 100 percetile the top end).

Would be far more useful in terms of assessing ability -

Student X

Maths - 85
English - 99
Biology -79

Student Y

Maths - 99
English - 81
Biology - 99

In terms of the current system both those students would be pretty much certain to have three A grades (as - from memory - around 25% of grades are A at the moment)

Oerdin
31-08-2009, 09:00:24
And to be fair, with so many people going through university with nothing for them to do afterwards, I can see where the apathy originates from.

I agree that is a big part of where the apathy comes from but much of the blame rests with lazy university students. I mean even in this economy there are a number of grea job opportunities with high pay and good benefits but most of them require degrees in the hard sciences or things like engineering or computer science while most students don't want to do the hard work to get a degree like that and instead get liberal arts degrees or something easy which there just isn't much market demand for. How many students bother to go get advanced degrees in one of these hard but highly in demand fields?

Instead they get an easy degree which allows them to coast through four years of college while partying and then wonder why no one wants to higher a sociology major with a C average and no real job skills.

Provost Harrison
31-08-2009, 10:17:30
Trouble is though, I did a hard science and the careers were crap. I spent the best part of the next decade trying to get out and now work in IT.

MDA
31-08-2009, 12:11:53
Grad school hard science was crap, and there was no way I was going on the postdoc trail to perpetual grantwriting, where the money isn't all that great, and I wouldn't have any time to take a vacation anyway. I could spend my entire life doing that, only to realize that most people think of the work I'd done is as significant as reorganizing a library card catalog.

Venom
31-08-2009, 12:13:13
I had heard (though not from first hand sources) that they don't fail kids here either. They give them a "deferred success." :rolleyes:

You're still deferring success, aren't you?

Japher
31-08-2009, 13:09:41
I've been teaching my 1 yo son how to sign. For "dog" he is supposed to stick out his tongue. So I say, how do you say "dog" to him. And he sticks out his tongue and then says "dog". Dammit! Don't say "dog"! That's why I'm teaching you sign; so you don't have to talk! Children shouldn't be heard!!!

Greg W
31-08-2009, 13:50:41
You're still deferring success, aren't you?Hell yeah! Success takes effort! Fuck that!

Japher
31-08-2009, 13:54:11
suck what?

Provost Harrison
31-08-2009, 17:21:58
Succeed!

http://www.englishplants.co.uk/seeds.jpg

MDA
01-09-2009, 13:47:08
Are the striped sunflower seeds more or less likely than solid colored seeds to evade predation and survive to succeedfully reproduce?

Japher
01-09-2009, 14:01:48
The solid colored seeds are just as likely to reproduce successfully, but are susceptible to sickle seed anemia.

Cheshire Cat
01-09-2009, 16:40:32
Are the striped sunflower seeds more or less likely than solid colored seeds to evade predation and survive to succeedfully reproduce?

the point is not to "evade" predation
some kind of seeds can survive digestion
predation is often preparatory to spread action

Provost Harrison
01-09-2009, 23:14:56
Jesus, what did I say to warrant this?!

The Mad Monk
07-09-2009, 15:58:42
Why are you asking Jesus?

Provost Harrison
12-09-2009, 13:19:39
Well he might know, and he can always ask his dad if he doesn't ;)