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Marvel Maljers

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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: For me, exams do not refelect the actual level of a child, there are many factors thay may interfere the day of the exam and thus restrict the child's abilities. So a bad grade does not necessarily mean that a child is not a good student. Also, i think that grading should not be made in numerical characters, especially when it comes to children. They may feel offended or lose self confidence if their mates get better marks.
    I think that remarks are enough.

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