I’ve just finished the first batch of finals 😀 There’s another (sadly bigger) batch in a month… but I thought I’d procrastinate a little between then and now. Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about exams and their role in education.
I’ve approached my degree in physics with a view to getting a piece of paper at the end. This piece of paper is equivalent to money – with my certificate, I can get a “good” job which will pay me more money than if I didn’t have it. Ergo, it’s desirable. I get that bit of paper by passing exams. I know broadly what the exams will cover, so I don’t need to waste time learning things that won’t come up. I imagine this is roughly how most students treat university.
I think most students (myself included) might be missing the point.
As such, this is an open thread (saves me writing too much :P) – what do you guys think about the exam-driven education system that we have today? How has it affected what you’ve actually learnt? Has it changed how much you’ve enjoyed learning, or indeed what you’ve spent time studying? Is an exam certificate representative of actual educational success? Have your say!
P.S. Not to bias discussion or anything, but my greatest successes (as far as I’m concerned) are those where I haven’t been working for an exam – recently, Cantonese and the saxophone. Just sayin’.