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Chris T-T posted a myspace bulletin on the subject that made me laugh:
"Best of luck today with your results.
If you happen to be a pretty and blonde or an attractive member of an ethnic minority in whatever area you live, watch out for the inevitable TV news crew who'll want to film you jumping up and down waving your four As at the camera.
Then if they stand you next to some nob-end Tory in a suit saying that A Levels have got easier, give them a swift knee-to-the-bollocks live on air, with my hearty approval.
I laugh at this every year.
No-one cared about my A-Level results. Could be partially due to the fact I didn't get any A's, but I prefer to think it's because I am not a pretty girl skirting the edges of legality whose loath to jump up in the air in a miniskirt.
Whilst I was congratulating my somewhat ecstatic friend. Then I was t work and some guy had the cheek to say, "I saw you on the telly last night, you were hugging some blonde tart in a skirt." Hmm...that 'tart' happened to have got 4 A's and a distinction for her results.
Yeah, but was she a tart though?
And don't let all the furore about the exams being 'dumbed down' affect you. The papers do this every year.
And I'm older than you :)
that o levels were harder than gsce's.
and that you still managed to get some GCSE's. Simple logic, really :)
but yes, even i have gsce's
that is a good thing but it means more people receive an assessment that means something. It is still just as easy to determine levels of "success" and to spot the real bright sparks.
the constituent grades that make up each A level result are made available.
and they do get easier every year, I work in further education where NO-ONE is allowed to fail anymore - mainly becuase of funding really.
It's all marked as F.A.R ( that's further assistance required) or delayed-success.
When they do fail it's retake, retake, reatake until they finally memorise the questions/answers and get through.
What's wrong with retakes?
The agenda of the schools may be questionable but it is a good thing if someone eventually passes an exam.
if something happened that meant you failed the first time for a reason, or have had firther teaching/help/revision to get you through but it just seems to be keep pushing them though until they scrape a pass, it's not fair on the students for a start as they are then assumed to have reached a level of literacy/numeracy or whatever that they are clearly not actually at.
I think a bigger impact is caused by Schools focusing their teaching on specifically getting the pupils to pass the exams, do the detriment of teaching a broad understanding of the subject.
There is not time for a "broad understanding of the subject", and the pupils do have the option of learning more in their own time.
I think that since League tables have been introduced, Schools have taken a keener interest in ensuring the greatest number of students possible get the highest grades.
My point is that easier exams give an opportunity for more students to receive some kind of assessment. Also, it is possible to take harder exams, alongside 'A' levels.
What is the point of even being in school if there's "no time" for a broad understanding of a subject?
In a typical two-year 'A' level course starting from an assumption of no knowledge of a subject, there is insufficient time for a broad understanding. There is enough time for a good introduction to prepare for employment, university or just personal interest.
I would have thought most A Level subjects required a relevant GCSE to get on to the course.
English A graders. Well done!
I'm not sure what's wrong. I need sleep.
I already had a slight hangover before i got my reuslts... now the headache is worse :(
didn't you ever look at O Level past papers when you did GCSEs? Jesus, they were bad.
The A-Levels we sat in 1993 and 1994 were certainly easier than the ones from 89 and 90. You only had to look at the past papers to realise this.
And it hadn't anything to do with the syllabus: Physics and Maths haven't really changed much at A-Level.
got 2 d's and a c and still managed to get into uni. crikey.
I think maybe they are getting easier. More people are doing A-Levels and more people are going to university, and I guess it devalues it a bit. But I don't think it really matters. If you work hard, you can still get a grade you're proud of - it's still an achievement.
I'm not sure that means people know any less. Most of my mum's generation have very negative views on how they were treated and taught at school.
I think by and large my contemporaries' complaints about school's negative aspects have a lot less to do with how they were taught.
Maybe this make no sense at all.
I liked the exams twice every year.
My mum is 15 years older than you so you are not her 'generation'. And clearly I didn't include everyone by any means.
Already had 1 girl cry down the phone. Revise more fools!
after their legendary particularly hard set of exams from 2003-2004. I like the way Traynors thread has turned out negative even thought it shouldnt have.
i was 3 marks off full marks ina film studies exam.
i just got my results and i got into uni. fucking hurrah!!!
All drinks on me!
Your country is crazy !!!