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agosto 25, 2005

Meditação pós-férias

Nesta aproximação do final de férias, sugiro que dediquem algum tempo a pensar sobre o seguinte texto, relativo aos resultados dos exames GCSE britânicos:

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In relation to the GCSE candidates' general standard of writing, as a part-time lecturer at a university, I had already become aware that many undergraduate students had abysmal reading and writing skills. However, even that did not prepare me for the written skills of your average GCSE candidate. The handwriting, most of the time, resembled that of a five-year-old toddler or a drunk (grotesquely simple or an illegible scrawl). A lack of basic punctuation, such as full stops, commas, capital letters etc, was commonplace. There were countless inarticulate, immature sentences, which did not make any sense to the reader.

The use of text language (such as u instead of you), swearing and inappropriate language and opinions were also prevalent. Spelling was often based on how a word sounds (for example, 'wimmin' instead of women, suggesting that many pupils had had very little reading experience. Furthermore, responses to questions often betrayed either, at best, a total lack of knowledge or interest in the subject or, at worst, a startling stupidity and ignorance. For example, the basic question: What is sexism? regularly received responses such as "being addicted to sex", "a husband not wanting to have sex with his wife" and "being picked on for your sexuality".

Inarticulate or just inappropriate answers (eg "I don't no [sic], I don't no, I don't know", "only the smarties no the answer to that", "the planet would have blown up a long time ago if it hadn't been for conversation [sic] groups") caused much hilarity amongst the exam markers, albeit not out of any malice, but rather in the case that if you didn't laugh it would have been far too depressing. Every now and again we'd get a decently written, reasonably intelligent answer, which felt like a welcome breath of fresh air amongst the dross. Still, there was a spoken about fear among the exam markers that these responses might be subconsciously marked higher than they should, only because, in comparison with the majority of exam scripts, they appeared much better than they in fact were.
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Dá que pensar, não dá?

It really is that bad

(há uma entrada paralela relativa ao mesmo assunto no Que Universidade?)

agosto 05, 2005

Férias!