Who Put the Ass in Assessment? Exams vs Education.

Martin Robinson via @SurrealAnarchy writing in the words that I have been trying to find through my thoughts in THIS Education Blog.
It explains about the problem with exams. Passing an exam does not necessarily give you the skills to operate effectively in life or in the workplace. An exam will demonstrate good memory skills, but does it really make you good at a subject or give you a real ability to be able to do something well?
For me education is about the curriculum being provided and how young people are challenged.
My thoughts are that this blog is based around the big question in education right now and how we should be applying education to the real world.
Enjoy, I hope it will make you think…



“You were present on the occasion of the destruction of these trinkets, and, indeed, are the more guilty of the two, in the eye of the law; for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.”

If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass — a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience.” Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist

We suppose that if pupils work under the direction of their teachers they will be well educated and that exam assessment will reflect the qualities inherent in the child, his teacher, and the institution he attends. Exams should be the cherry on top of the trifle of education, a celebration of learning rather than a precise calibration. Amanda Spielman…

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