Is education about passing examinations or giving an all round education?
I think that education is both. How can one know that he/she has learned something if the knowledge that he received isn't checked in any way? And how can one take the exams without first receiving an all round education?
It is about absorbing information in your brain so you can use it later.
Education should not be only about passing examinations. Sadly, the way that society is set up you have to punch tickets both in school and at work to be successful. If you don't punch these tickets which mostly involve passing proficiency exams you won't be very successful. I have learned this throughout my work life.
Are you talking about education or schooling? Schooling is more about getting the numbers through exams to satisfy government funding procedures. Sad that the very fabric of our western schooling framework is based on how much money a school receives to support the 'education' of the students. Since Australia has been quantifying its schooling performances with standarised testing, we are now ranked in the twenties for literacy and numeracy. A significant drop from second a couple of decades ago. Are our young people any less literate? Overall the answer is no, but are they less likely to perform well on these types of tests? Here the answer is a resounding yes.
Education is taking a back seat to this monetary driven push to have, what the politicians see, as a highly literate society. Maybe our politicians should look at how they are narrowing the scope of teaching, to teaching for success in these exams, as jobs are now becoming dependant on class results. Education encompasses engaging students in activities that promote life long learning and transferability of that information and skills. It is not about how well a student can perform on a test. This is a very shallow interpretation of an 'educated person'.
I used to be a gifted student in elementary school, then when high school came around I became "borderline mentally retarded." I started school with a grade two reading level when the other kids couldn't even read. The lowering of my grades certainly corresponded with the increases in examinations. So kid yourself not, in the eyes of society, it is the tests that matter.
Is that the case genuinely? No, but we live in a competitive society where perception beats conception. So it is and it isn't true that exams matter. . .
Sadly education has now become passing exams and earning certificates/ degrees. However, the real aim of education is to have educated, productive and responsible citizens for the advancement of society. Only then the quality of life will improve for everyone.
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Definitely the latter. the former only encourages a lot of cramming of useless facts that kids aren't likely to use anywhere.
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