(Original post by lonelykatana)
Reward intelligence, not memory. The amount of people who get brilliant grades by simple remembering model answers isn't right. The exams need to have far more variation from year to year.
Get kids to think, be creative and intelligent. Lets stop drilling past papers into them.
And stop teaching to the exam!
Get rid of crap teachers.
There is a reason children act up for them, there is a reason the kids have poor pass rates. I just about got a D in GCSE Physics, got full marks in Biology and a high B in chemistry.
It had nothing to do with me being poor at physics, the teacher was **** and spent more time shouting at kids she couldn't control (who were otherwise innocent children who didn't step a foot out of place) than actually teaching.
Teachers should have enthusiasm for their subject, should have a wide knowledge - wider than whats needed for the exams and be willing to answer questions that aren't really anything to do with the curriculum.
Perhaps have sixth form students asses their teachers (I say sixth form as I can't help but think the younger ones would just be unfairly harsh to teachers they don't like for some reason or anything.)
Just get rid of some degrees. A year ago I wouldn't have said that but having spent a year doing a degree many of you would say is a 'mickey mouse' subject I honestly think they should just be scrapped - Or at least not awarded a degree qualification.
I had less than 50% attendance (I hated it that much.) but no effort into it at all, handed work in a week late on several occasions and still passed with a 2.1 and a first in the more academic side of it.
Tha'ts not right, not right at all. I was essentially rewarded for laziness and a lack of commitment and effort.
It doesn't matter how you sugar coat it, some subjects just shouldn't be taught at degree levels in the current system!
That's not because its tough to get a job in either, I'm a massive believed in education for educations sake.
Get rid of faith schooling.
To be fair I never had many of the problems people have noted!
I never felt forced to do academic subjects.
If a fight broke out a teacher would use physical force to stop it, and no one would complain!
Looking back, I had the privilege of a very good school! Shame I didn't realise when I went through my lazy chavy stage