Originally posted by Nutella
reply to post by Power_Semi
That's one heck of a generalization. There were plenty of Cambridge/Oxford students at that protest, and they didn't get easy exams, that's for
If you take away the generalization, I do see your point when it comes to some Universities.
it's not a generalisation.
All kids take the same "ordinary" exams (what used to be O levels) and the same exams in further education (A levels). Different schools don't have
different exams, they're all set by the same national educational bodies.
These kids then think that they're somehow smarter than their predecessors, in their eyes they must be because they all got such great grades.
However, their perspective is a very narrow one, they only know what they have experienced in their own educational environment.
Older people who've experienced a different educational structure can see that they aren't that smart at all, their education is deeply flawed.
I had one girl who's got a degree and is qualified to be a teacher ask me quite shamelessly "how do you work out percentages?"
I mean come on, no one with any kind of degree should struggle to understand how to work out something as fundamentally simple as percentages, and
certainly not someone who's QUALIFIED to be a teacher!
She shouldn't even have got to Uni in the first place, and this is the problem, we have a whole country full of them.
My own saying on this is that we have the country with the most highly qualified idiots in the World.
Anyway, to further rub away this notion of generalisation, they took a group of kids who achieved high grades (A*'s) in their exams and sat them down
to take the old ordinary exams from the days of the comprehensive (they made a tv program of it), and...
....they all failed MISERABLY - that just goes to show how bad education here is, and how blinded by the grading system some people are.
Now, with regards to Oxford and Cambridge - of course "the cream" of truly academically gifted individuals are still there, just as they always
were, and it's these kinds of institutions where they'll end up.
I believe that you have to sit an entrance exam to get in, so it's easy for them to weed out the dross from the truly intelligent.
I wouldn't pay most graduates today n brass washers - in fact I wouldn't employ them in the first place.