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    Ok, I'm gonna ****ing blow in a minute because i've had bloody enough of the complete load of crap that GCSE's are getting easier! :mad: How DARE the media and goverment say that GCSE's are getting easier when they have not even tried them! How can they ****ing know! Only because the percentage of passes increases, doesn't mean they are getting easier. Students are willing to work harder now, teachers are better equipped and trained and are on a much tighter schedule than in the old days to try and fit everything in - there is not much freedom now! We have gone through 2 years of hell - tons of coursework, immense amount of revision etc, and instead of congratulating us and giving us positive comments, all we get is negative and very nasty comments which puts us down - way down! It's so upsetting! If anymore **** comes from the media and goverment, i'm gonna bloody write to the goverment and give them a piece of my mind!

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    (Original post by HEAD BOY)
    Ok, I'm gonna ****ing blow in a minute because i've had bloody enough of the complete load of crap that GCSE's are getting easier! :mad: How DARE the media and goverment say that GCSE's are getting easier when they have not even tried them! How can they ****ing know! Only because the percentage of passes increases, doesn't mean they are getting easier. Students are willing to work harder now, teachers are better equipped and trained and are on a much tighter schedule than in the old days to try and fit everything in - there is not much freedom now! We have gone through 2 years of hell - tons of coursework, immense amount of revision etc, and instead of congratulating us and giving us positive comments, all we get is negative and very nasty comments which puts us down - way down! It's so upsetting! If anymore **** comes from the media and goverment, i'm gonna bloody write to the goverment and give them a piece of my mind!

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    I totally agree, this is infuriating. The fact that the media base their assumptions on the number of passes is totally flawed. We are put under alot more pressure nowadays, with more and more striving (i.e. working harder) to get into university. Now that many more jobs require specialist knowledge, it isn't a surprise that students are working harder so that they can go to university where they will get a specialist degree. I mean let's face it, there is a much greater demand for degrees now then there was 20 odd years ago.
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    (Original post by Shamen)
    I definitely think there is some truth in the statement that Labour are wanting more to go to University and pay fees, ergo they are making it easier for students to go.
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    Govt has NOTHING to do with exam boards!
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    (Original post by YouKnewThat!)
    No.

    Govt has NOTHING to do with exam boards!
    It is true that they have nothing to do with the exam boards but they have control over the universities through money. They basically pay universities to take more students.
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    Teachers are becoming better at training students to read specifications and teach in a very non-understanding based way, which is specialised to heed high results rather than real understand. Thats why the standards keep going up.
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    Ok, I'm gonna ****ing blow in a minute because i've had bloody enough of the complete load of crap that GCSE's are getting easier! How DARE the media and goverment say that GCSE's are getting easier when they have not even tried them! How can they ****ing know! Only because the percentage of passes increases, doesn't mean they are getting easier. Students are willing to work harder now, teachers are better equipped and trained and are on a much tighter schedule than in the old days to try and fit everything in - there is not much freedom now! We have gone through 2 years of hell - tons of coursework, immense amount of revision etc, and instead of congratulating us and giving us positive comments, all we get is negative and very nasty comments which puts us down - way down! It's so upsetting! If anymore **** comes from the media and goverment, i'm gonna bloody write to the goverment and give them a piece of my mind!

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    A few points:
    (1) You only reinforce the dumbing down of qualifcations by resorting to crude language.
    (2) I very much doubt the average student works harder now in the present binge drinking culture.
    (3) I certainly agree that teachers are better equipped to teach people how to pass examinations.
    (4) Getting good grades at GCSE level is certainly a good achievement but qualifications are almost certainly becoming easier (not that results day is a good time to discuss this).
    (5) The media always like to make themselves heard on results day as usually nothing much else happens in August. Try not to take it personally or let it upset you.
    (6) You can't 'give the goverment a piece of your mind'; it isn't a single entity.
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    Generalisations Generalisations Generalisations.

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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    It really annoys me how people say exams they've never done themselves are easy- unless you've done an O-level and a GCSE in the same subject, how can you possibly know? Exams are very different now compared to what they used to be, but that doesn't mean they're easier.
    That's exactly my point!
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    (Original post by Gaz031)
    A few points:
    (1) You only reinforce the dumbing down of qualifcations by resorting to crude language.
    (2) I very much doubt the average student works harder now in the present binge drinking culture.
    (3) I certainly agree that teachers are better equipped to teach people how to pass examinations.
    (4) Getting good grades at GCSE level is certainly a good achievement but qualifications are almost certainly becoming easier (not that results day is a good time to discuss this).
    (5) The media always like to make themselves heard on results day as usually nothing much else happens in August. Try not to take it personally or let it upset you.
    (6) You can't 'give the goverment a piece of your mind'; it isn't a single entity.
    1) How does swearing have anything at all to do with the dumbing down of qualifications?
    2) I very much doubt the binge drinkers are the ones who work hard and worry about their grades, but they probably don't get entered for/pass many GCSEs in any case. Students have to work harder now because there's a lot more pressure and a lot more competition for decent jobs.
    3) How can anyone say qualifications are certainly easier without having done them years ago and recently for comparison?
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    I doubt that there was as much pressure 30 years ago as there is nowadays to be involved in extra-curricular activities...i'm involved in orchestras, choirs, sports teams, D of E, CCF, service to the community AND, because I'm at a private school, it's generally expected that I will get straight A*s...
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    OMG exms r not easr!!!!! gawd y dont dey all get a fukn life???????
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    GCSEs were easier than I expected them to be, but I havent got my results yet, so I may not be able to speak.
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    I don't know. I did very little work and got five A*s, five As. My dad did tons of work in 1970-whatever, and got mostly Bs, a couple of Cs and one A. Likewise, he got 3 Bs in his A levels and I just got AAAB at AS. So I'd probably say they're easier now; for what reason, however, I don't know.
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    (Original post by ZsaZsa)
    I doubt that there was as much pressure 30 years ago as there is nowadays to be involved in extra-curricular activities...i'm involved in orchestras, choirs, sports teams, D of E, CCF, service to the community AND, because I'm at a private school, it's generally expected that I will get straight A*s...
    What kinda crazy private school do you go to? :confused: Somebody last year got 5-6 A*s (can't remember) out of the 8.5 we take, and he was one of the best students we've had for a long time. We've got a guy in year 11 whose taken his AS maths this year, way ahead of his time (although by this forum's standards, that's nothing special ) and he's not expected to get straight A*s.
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    (Original post by Gaz031)
    A few points:
    (1) You only reinforce the dumbing down of qualifcations by resorting to crude language.
    (2) I very much doubt the average student works harder now in the present binge drinking culture.
    (3) I certainly agree that teachers are better equipped to teach people how to pass examinations.
    (4) Getting good grades at GCSE level is certainly a good achievement but qualifications are almost certainly becoming easier (not that results day is a good time to discuss this).
    (5) The media always like to make themselves heard on results day as usually nothing much else happens in August. Try not to take it personally or let it upset you.
    (6) You can't 'give the goverment a piece of your mind'; it isn't a single entity.
    Agreed - all valid points
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    OMG exms r not easr!!!!! gawd y dont dey all get a fukn life???????
    Hehehehehe
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    To be far, I found the past papers (around '98, '99) harder than the exams we took in June so that suggests they are getting slightly easier. Take Edexcel biology for instance; I mean a picture of a cigarette with a line through it and a question asking "What does this sign mean?"............

    But still anyone who gets majority A's and A*'s must have worked very hard and should not be told 'well exams are easier now'. Thats unfair.
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    But you just said they are... why can't people accept this? Exams. Are. Easier. Nowadays.
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    well agreeing with the government here, I just sat 12 GCSES's and I didnt find one exam remotely hard, truthfully, I came out laughing in Eng Lit and Lang and Maths was just a doddle, the Level 10 paper madw
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    well agreeing with the government here, I just sat 12 GCSES's and I didnt find one exam remotely hard, truthfully, I came out laughing in Eng Lit and Lang and Maths was just a doddle, the Level 10 paper made me smile!
 
 
 

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