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GCSEs Go Back To Stone Age...

Maths GCSE coursework is dropped

So the final nail is in the coffin, we're not going to assess what maths is about anymore, just sums. OK, internet plagiarism is a major issue, but abolishing coursework's not the answer.

A lot of what maths is about, are the investigative processes which were traditionally assessed in the coursework. The exams centre around the application of methods, most of which we do not use in day to day life. It's the investigation and application sides that are important throughout all aspects of life. It makes sense to remove the main way of assessing these?

Why are we giving up because of a small hurdle?

Does this means degree courses will start phasing out thesis too soon?

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capra_maritimus
28th Sep, 2006 05:51 (UTC)
Welcome to the decline of the Western Empire.
nina321
28th Sep, 2006 07:13 (UTC)
"is to be"... "wants to crack down..."

The education people have all these bollocks ideas all the time, that doesn't necessarily mean they will happen.
Cheating is being overcome anyway, I hate it when people blow these things out of proportion.
There is a web service my school is subscribed to called "turnitin" where you can submit pieces of coursework and it checks it against websites and other pieces turned in.

I doubt they'd actually do it.
I agree with your anger at the suggestion though.

Nina
(maths teacher)
hmmm_tea
28th Sep, 2006 10:14 (UTC)
The education people have all these bollocks ideas all the time

The real problem is that everyone has been through the education system and having been through feel they are an expert on it. It then follows that politicians will act in the ways they feel will gain the most public support rather than what is best for the people going through the system.
nina321
28th Sep, 2006 22:47 (UTC)
ooh! Thanks for the friending!

I don't like politics.
BTW, robhu sent me here.
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