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    OK so I have seen many times on this forum references to the fact that GCSE's ought to be reformed, or that they aren't perfect. They are clearely not perfect and I personally think that this education sytem is broken.
    Therefore I am interested to hear how you would change or reform GCSE's to be better. Or would you replace them with something else - if so, what? Or would you scrap them altogether? Or, do you think they are fine and should not be changed? If so, why?
    Very interested to see people's point of views regarding this.
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    make maths harder, include concepts of C1 in the higher paper. Make the foundation paper with more functional questions about real life applications of mathematics.
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    (Original post by Martins1)
    OK so I have seen many times on this forum references to the fact that GCSE's ought to be reformed, or that they aren't perfect. They are clearely not perfect and I personally think that this education sytem is broken.
    Therefore I am interested to hear how you would change or reform GCSE's to be better. Or would you replace them with something else - if so, what? Or would you scrap them altogether? Or, do you think they are fine and should not be changed? If so, why?
    Very interested to see people's point of views regarding this.
    Not just GCSEs, but exams in general, bring them all under one exam board
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    get rid of coursework
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    (Original post by 34908seikj)
    make maths harder, include concepts of C1 in the higher paper. Make the foundation paper with more functional questions about real life applications of mathematics.
    That's fair enough, but do you really think that would solve all the issues?
    What about the issues of GCE's not being applicable to real life becuase they test quadratics and (in your case) C1 theory rather than how to do taxes and about being parents -stuff most people have to know, must never get taught. What about the fact that GCSE's limit education to the constraints of the syllabi and stop people persuing interests or wider education - which generates interest in subjects which often leafds to people actually studying which is actually genuinely beneficial rather than the stupid constraints of education?
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    (Original post by Martins1)
    OK so I have seen many times on this forum references to the fact that GCSE's ought to be reformed, or that they aren't perfect. They are clearely not perfect and I personally think that this education sytem is broken.
    Therefore I am interested to hear how you would change or reform GCSE's to be better. Or would you replace them with something else - if so, what? Or would you scrap them altogether? Or, do you think they are fine and should not be changed? If so, why?
    Very interested to see people's point of views regarding this.
    I don't really have a problem with the current GCSEs as I do feel exam and coursework is quite balanced, so 2 years of work is not down to one exam at the end. However, I have more of a problem with the emphasis that is put on them. They aren't that important, yet the teachers make it out to be that if we fail or don't reach our potential, we'll live in poverty forever! This obviously is far from the truth. Also, I feel exams are quite "dramatic" - think about it - the big build up with revision, going into the exam hall with invigilators, the GCSEs being marked externally... Does anyone else ever think about that or is it just me?:confused:
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    (Original post by techfan42)
    Not just GCSEs, but exams in general, bring them all under one exam board
    Will that really solve all teh problems I listed above...?
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    get rid of coursework
    Surely coursework is more like real life application, where you have longer to do things and can go down separate paths as you wish, rather than just doing what teh exam tells you?
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    (Original post by romansholiday)
    I don't really have a problem with the current GCSEs as I do feel exam and coursework is quite balanced, so 2 years of work is not down to one exam at the end. However, I have more of a problem with the emphasis that is put on them. They aren't that important, yet the teachers make it out to be that if we fail or don't reach our potential, we'll live in poverty forever! This obviously is far from the truth. Also, I feel exams are quite "dramatic" - think about it - the big build up with revision, going into the exam hall with invigilators, the GCSEs being marked externally... Does anyone else ever think about that or is it just me?:confused:
    If we take emphasis off of them, surely something else has to replace that importance -what would you suggest? I personally can't really think of anything except perhaps a sort of mini-thesis or interview?
    And yes, exams are really dramatic, but they have to be - I mean you have to revise for them, thus the build up, and they have t be marked externally, to be fair.
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    (Original post by Martins1)
    OK so I have seen many times on this forum references to the fact that GCSE's ought to be reformed, or that they aren't perfect. They are clearely not perfect and I personally think that this education sytem is broken.
    Therefore I am interested to hear how you would change or reform GCSE's to be better. Or would you replace them with something else - if so, what? Or would you scrap them altogether? Or, do you think they are fine and should not be changed? If so, why?
    Very interested to see people's point of views regarding this.
    - reduce no. of exams, by increasing exam length (2hrs for all exams) and content covered
    - introduce calculus (C1 level) for maths
    - make studying a language compulsory
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    (Original post by Martins1)
    That's fair enough, but do you really think that would solve all the issues?
    What about the issues of GCE's not being applicable to real life becuase they test quadratics and (in your case) C1 theory rather than how to do taxes and about being parents -stuff most people have to know, must never get taught. What about the fact that GCSE's limit education to the constraints of the syllabi and stop people persuing interests or wider education - which generates interest in subjects which often leafds to people actually studying which is actually genuinely beneficial rather than the stupid constraints of education?
    I think things like taxes should be under a different subject along with other life skills, also aren't taxes done through PAYE unless you're self employed? And GCE'S shouldn't be that applicable to life since it's building foundational knowledge for when or if you choose to do said subject at university.
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    - reduce no. of exams, by increasing exam length (2hrs for all exams) and content covered
    - introduce calculus (C1 level) for maths
    - make studying a language compulsory
    Why? What do you gain from what is basically combining exams together? And everyone keeps saying add calculus to GCSE maths - will that really improve them that much? Finally, I agree that language studying should be something everyone does, but by making it compulsory peple will feel forced to do a language, therefore caring less about it, therefore they want to rebel more against the system as they feel trapped in a cycle of education they don't care about - how would you inspire people to take a language?
    (Original post by 34908seikj)
    I think things like taxes should be under a different subject along with other life skills, also aren't taxes done through PAYE unless you're self employed? And GCE'S shouldn't be that applicable to life since it's building foundational knowledge for when or if you choose to do said subject at university.
    Not sure but students always complain about never bneing taught many life skills - and why should life skills be examined - surely they should only be taught, examining them will not help because it will only cause sudents to hate these life skills even more. Bringing foundational knowledge to the table is important, but why is it so limited to the syllabi - it causes people to be more narrow minded when it comes down to the subject and stops people broadening their own knowledge (more effective than being force fed) by means of their own interest.
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    Stick to the bloody spec.
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    (Original post by Martins1)
    Why? What do you gain from what is basically combining exams together? And everyone keeps saying add calculus to GCSE maths - will that really improve them that much? Finally, I agree that language studying should be something everyone does, but by making it compulsory peple will feel forced to do a language, therefore caring less about it, therefore they want to rebel more against the system as they feel trapped in a cycle of education they don't care about - how would you inspire people to take a language?
    GCSEs are unitised way too much.

    Triple science is 9 exams, which is quite frankly ridiculous. Each science should have a single exam. To be honest it's not that much to remember, most of it is quite simple and it will help the subject flow a bit better. Putting exams together encourages students to make links between different aspects of a science, currently we are in a situation where things are put apart and students cannot see the connections. Synoptic learning is essential for good development.

    Calculus is needed to bridge the gap between GCSE and AS, and I'm not talking about difficult questions. Just simple questions like in C1.

    People shouldn't be "inspired" to take up a subject. IMO everything really should be compulsory until Y12. We specialise too early on. Maths, English, the sciences, a language, history, geography and a technology/PA subject should be compulsory. Therefore each student will finish with a broad range of 10 GCSEs which will prepare them for a huge variety of post 16 options.
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    Stick to the bloody spec.
    Lol just wait until you get to A-level and it matters even more
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    GCSEs are unitised way too much.

    Triple science is 9 exams, which is quite frankly ridiculous. Each science should have a single exam. To be honest it's not that much to remember, most of it is quite simple and it will help the subject flow a bit better. Putting exams together encourages students to make links between different aspects of a science, currently we are in a situation where things are put apart and students cannot see the connections. Synoptic learning is essential for good development.

    Calculus is needed to bridge the gap between GCSE and AS, and I'm not talking about difficult questions. Just simple questions like in C1.

    People shouldn't be "inspired" to take up a subject. IMO everything really should be compulsory until Y12. We specialise too early on. Maths, English, the sciences, a language, history, geography and a technology/PA subject should be compulsory. Therefore each student will finish with a broad range of 10 GCSEs which will prepare them for a huge variety of post 16 options.
    Just for reference, you clearly do a different science board to me - not all science boards are like that. For mine, we have two chemistry, two biology and two physics - one is lower tier, the other is higher tier. Our sciences are separate.

    Ok, then calculus should be introduced.

    Wow, I'm surprised you say that - I think we specialise too late - I think we ought to be inspired to do subjects. People currently hate the education system, generally, and many people simply do not care about their education because of this. We need to inspire people and allow them to expand their horizons by doing their own studying in stuff they are interested in - its much more beneficial for everyone. If we force people to do the same subjects and syllabi for ever, they just hate it more and more as they are being stopped from doing genuinely beneficial things.
 
 
 
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