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Should school exams be abolished?

Recently I feel like many children have been feeling more and more stressed due to examinations. I also feel that examinations are encouraging children to be taught in a specific way, rather than to be taught to think about the method they use to solve an issue. Examinations focus on certain skills rather than the application of those skills, restricting creativity and lateral thinking. I believe that examinations are doing our society more harm than good.

However it also seems to me that exams also have their benefits, for example, to assess a child's skills and progress, and to prepare children for the pressure of universities, and future life.

Yet it appears to me that there must be some other way to do this, rather than causing a child such trauma about examinations, on top of the hormones, social problems and worries about the future.


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  • Nov 30 2012: "Should school exams be abolished?"

    No, they are essential for maintaining a meritocracy, other forms of assessment are too advantageous for pretty faces and smooth talkers. Exams should, in general focus less on memorizing (though in some fields memorizing is the most important) and more on showing you've understood the material and can apply it.
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      Nov 30 2012: If this was the case, why are so many 'pretty faces and smooth talkers' still around these days? :o)
    • Nov 30 2012: Pure meritocracy is not existent in any civilizations. We have aspects of meritocracy in some countries, but we still suffer from a strong caste and class system in every country. I agree that exams are necessary, but I think the matter in which we test our students is flawed. I do not think exams should abolished but rather transformed to better fit the students and teachers.

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