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    Gcse's are not longer about assessing students ability, but rather their memory. If you look at the new English Gcse it is all about memory; they expect students to remember a wide range of quotes for 15 different poems and then expect us to remember a wide range of quotes for 3 novels?!

    If you look at AQA Science, especially additional science for biology, you have to remember a whole lot of s*** about the digestive system and names of enzymes.

    I believe it is like this for other subjects where they focus on width and not depth. The only subject which doesn't need that much memory is Maths, apart from remebering formauls

    This is obviously means that students can get away with remembering with basic application to get an A*, however the smarter students who be recognized because of the stupid system.

    (Original post by Hashtosh302)
    Gcse's are not longer about assessing students ability
    They were never about assessing ability. You're talking about it as if memorisation hasn't been a major part of GCSEs for years - it has. Memorisation means that GCSEs can be applied to everyone. It might not be the best, but having courses which can apply to everyone is what is required for such a qualification. Ability and actual skill in the subject comes in at AS/A2 level, where the 'quality' of students has been narrowed to the higher end, as the GCSE qualification has effectively cut off those not capable of higher education, and therefore not capable of true 'ability' (to put it harshly).

    The new Eng GCSE thing you're on about - not new. Well, I guess it depends on your exam board. I finished my GCSEs this year..awaiting results (coming Thursday). I did Edexcel IGCSE English Lang and Lit and Eng Lit required you to remember a tonne of quotes for 2 novels (prose and drama) per character&per theme. It seems hard and it kind of is..but I got through it quite well in the end.

    I think the quote memorisation of 15 diff poems is harsh though..we had an anthology of poems and short stories for Edexcel IGCSE Eng Lang and clean copies of each poem/short story we were tested on were given printed by the exam board.

    But yeah..GCSE is a lot about memorisation...but the higher bits kind of tend to have that ability thinking.
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