On Sun, 22 Mar 2020 15:52:55 +0000, Kate B <***@nospam.demon.co.uk>
scrawled in the dust...
Post by Kate B
I was never much good at waffle. My history teacher once wrote in red
pen at the bottom of a too-short essay: 'You always manage to hit the
nail on the head but inevitably fail to bang it in.'
Oh, I do like that :))
My sister-in-law, when head of biology at Maidstone Girls Grammar, moaned
about the daughter of a friend of mine who had joined the school for A
levels having previously attended a private school in the area (she and her
sister got scholarships).
'She always gets everything on my mark list but she writes in bullet
points, can't string a sentence together. I don't know how to mark that.'
was the complaint.
Both girls/women are undoubtedly 'somewhere on the spectrum', as they say,
both subsequently taught for a while, but not for long. Schools really
should be able to cope with this by now and not force people to waste time
waffling or mark them down if they don't. They are in danger of promoting
the clueless wafflers over those who actually understand, and those who
show their erroneous working over those who just seem to 'know' the correct
The poor quality of school assessment was brought to light quite starkly a
few years back when a large number of students complained about a question
in a GCSE paper which they claimed covered something which they had not
been taught. I think the question related to a marine mammal. They'd been
taught about a different marine mammal but failed to understand enough
about the subject to realise what they had been taught applied to all
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