Day 16 of the thirty day blogging challenge is my thoughts on education.
I’v already done a post on this topic, but it is pretty old, so here i go again!
I think education is great, but i feel as though the way it is being carried out now a days; is making it unbearable and unnecessarily stressful. I am taking my GCSE exams this year, these exams decide what subjects you can take for A level, and can also have an impact on getting apprenticeships; many universities will also look at your GCSE’s. We choose our GCSE subjects in year 9, I feel as though this is way too young to make such a big decision that will have such a large impact on your working life. In the year 10 and 11 there is so much the students are expected to do, for example: we have to prepare huge amounts of coursework which will make up a varied percentage of our final GCSE grade (for subjects like history and geography, i believe its 25% but is more for creative subjects like media, art and english), at my school we also do two sets of GCSE mocks, so there’s that to study for; along with the overwhelming amounts of homework; I am constantly stressed.
I recently heard that my year are the last year that are going to be doing coursework, this can be seen as both a bad and good thing. If you get a good grade in your coursework and don’t do so well in your final exam, the coursework grade will help boost your final grade. I personally think removing coursework is a very bad move, as all of the courses will be 100% exam based, this means that if you panic and forget things in your final exam, there is nothing you can do about it. However removing coursework does give more time for students to study for exams, both in class and out. The new GCSE will also not allow students to have an equation sheet in maths or science, this means the students will have to memories all of the equations for their science or maths exam; i think this is terrible as the students are going to be much more stressed going into the exam, which will make them more likely to forget. Remembering what the equation also isn’t a sign of intelligence; however being able to manipulate it is, which is what the exam is really meant to be testing.
Overall i think the education system in the UK is pretty bad and will cause huge amounts of stress and anxiety.
(this is just my opinion, and this is purely based on my experience, i’m not sure how other schools across the UK deal with GCSE’s)
Thank you for reading!
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