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03/03/2008

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N

If any, it gives you a false sense of self-worth, which when thwarted
(it WILL be, in real life) can plummet your confidence into the
netherworlds.

How true, how true! I'm not speaking for myself, but for my friends who came first, second, etc in class -- and, when public exams came, in school -- but struggled in JEE classes (and presently in their engineering institutes) owing to dips in confidence.
But my generation isn't quite as scared of Board examinations.. Our schools soaked us with unit exams, 'Cluster' exams, mock exams, come-to-my-office-after-the-last-bell exams and so forth till exam-giving became a habituated trick that could be pulled off in sleep.
Exams vs Learning.. H'm, my friend came up with this equation once: CGPA * IQ = constant.
Do take a look at this page: http://notexactlyrocketscience.wordpress.com/2008/02/17/testing-not-studying-makes-for-strong-long-term-memories/

Lakshmi

Don't gloat too much, N. It holds double true for exalted folks that managed to clear JEE.  As far as I have noticed, most IITians live in the intoxication of passing JEE all their lives and never achieve anything else beyond.

Let the debate/hate comments begin....

N

Don't gloat too much, N.
Lol. Did I?

As
far as I have noticed, most IITians live in the intoxication of passing
JEE all their lives and never achieve anything else beyond.

If I use soap X and say 'Soap Y is bad' it doesn't mean I say 'Soap X is better'.



Lakshmi

Aww shucks.  I was gearing up for some hot argument.  Same side goal pottuttiyE...

N

Well...
I use soap X and when it's an open secret that it ain't good for the skin and is no better than other soaps, I don't need to mention 'Soap X too sucks' each time I say 'Soap Y is dhandam'. So no argument this time :D

maami

You've said what's wrong with our system of education.Agreeable.

But's what's right with it that it makes it easier for our students to fare well abroad?Or is univ studies abroad a far cry from our rigid format that our students find it easier in liberating environs? 

Suketu Mehta writes how he gave sleepless nights to his money making Gujju parents in Bombay by failing in maths but when he landed all of 14, in Umrika he surprised himself by scoring very well in maths.

Neku onum puriyaledi ma. Ore exam fever-a irukku.

 

Lakshmi

Ennavo pongo Maami.  Pesaama kozanthayai aathuliye vachukkalaamnu thoNdradhu. Enna sollarel?

Hurricane Hetta

Oh man, I know this ALL too well.  I have never done well on exams!  Particularly those exams that were to determine my overall skills.  I always panicked before a big test like that and typically did terribly.  I don't think I'm dumb, I just don't think I am an exam taker.  I might go as far as to say that I have an attention deficit problem.  I know one thing, I overanalyze and oftentimes I think this hinders my inability to just see what is in front of me-- particularly when it comes to subjects like math or science.

maami

i am all for home schooling especially in early years except for my own laziness.

my boy's teacher picks a toy of a white cow, udders and all, and says, "this is buffalo".yennatha solla?

apparam, "why he is not paying attention today, did you and husband fight?"

i tell her "podi mayir" and smile sweetly. "dat's tamil for thank you", i interpret and leave.

The Doug

It's so important to have your own methods of knowing where you want to go and of evaluating where currently are.  Tests can be useful or they can be irrelevant.  With my son's piano lessons, I don't care about grade levels and exams.  He loves music so we found a teacher who brings out that side of him.  He loves it and often practices without being asked.

At school, it's mostly about grades and I accept that for what it is.  But I have an inherent distrust of people who can only tell you how they are doing based on external evaluations.

I am more than my GPA/Salary/interest rate on home/frequent flyer miles/number of channels on TV/etc

Purplesque

[this is good] Amen.

After leaving the ranks of the nail-biting anxiety-ridden top-listers at the tender age of 16 (Xth boards, when I topped the class and burnt out at the same time), I joined the mediocre majority. Since then, I've read what I wanted to, done as I pleased, and doled out TLC to those strung out on the antacid-caffeine-valium cocktails.

The most important thing in life is to have fun.

Lakshmi

You do lead an interesting life, don't you ?

Lakshmi

Purplesque, I still get anxious about my deadlines, just like my exams.  Perhaps you can teach me to relax ?  I am willing to lie on your couch - since I would be the janitor in your building, the logistics shouldn't be too hard.

Lakshmi

I am more than my GPA/Salary/interest rate on home/frequent flyer miles/number of channels on TV/etc

Deadlines..don't forget deadlines.

Lakshmi

I have never done well on exams!

And I have ALWAYS done well on exams.  But I am pretty sure I am no Einstein. 
There is zilch correlation between exams and intelligence.

vatsap

Agree with most of the points. This phenomena of examination stress has got a build up over the last so many years, can be attributed to various reasons. Kids are probably not as methodical as they used to be, owing to so many distractions and the affluence of the so called middle class. (As you covered in one of your posts about Music, Tennis classes). We used to play street cricket regularly as kids and then be off to home at specific time to complete home work and prepare for tests. There was some balance. Tuitions seem to be in vogue now, which was not a nice thing in the past, only for average students. This also seems to be a New Delhi effect, tuitions were popular with some of my college mates even in early 90s and it was a prestige issue, if you didn't go for tuitions. CBSE exams get a lot of press in Delhi and thanks to 24*7 it has moved onto other parts of the country.

On a different angle, the opportunities/exposure are probably more now and parents/kids are more aware now which adds to the pressure.

All said, Examinations and success in examination are still necessary, not sure how many of us as Kids or the present kids are mature enough to enter today's competetive world.

Lakshmi

not sure how many of us as Kids or the present kids are mature enough to enter today's competetive world.

I don't know about you kids, but I am so NOT mature for today's competitive world.

Vijay Ganesh

School drives score, mugging etc... I cant help change the system.

So, i teach my dauther during annual holidays about basics of life, economics and things what they dont teach in school. My daughter defines the syllabus - & i prepare and cover it.

Purplesque

 AND we need to look at that toilet fetish of yours. :D

maami

if you insist. though from my end my life's pretty uninteresting.

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