4 months until my GCSE exams and revision has officially started.
I've been running around, frantically writing coursework, memorising curriculums and rehearsing for my GCSE Drama performance of 'Chatroom'. Very stressful stuff indeed.
But there's one thing that's become very apparent over my two years of GCSEs. No matter how much content you have to learn, you definitely won't pass the exams without knowing question techniques. What I mean by that is, -in many subjects- knowing how to answer the question is actually more important than understanding what you're learning.
From a young age, we're taught to always start essays with SEX paragraphs- Statement, Evidence, eXplanation- and told to memorise the structure of each question to the exact.
Which is a shame.
It detracts from the thrill of learning something new, and instead produces countless A* grades from students who've spent their teenage years memorising how to answer each individual question.
The fact that there is a definite way to get through GCSEs with full marks, and that it's all about technique, means that there are now far too many people getting brilliant grades- which is devaluing the GCSE. It's no longer an accurate representation of how good a person is at that subject- it's only a representation of how good a person is at following the curriculums to the exact.
I'd like to call on the old fashioned-style GCSEs. From a time when the questions were harder, the marking harsher and the courses more rigorous.
That way, GCSE results might actually be a decent showcase of the nation's intelligence, rather than an A Grade Parade for idiots. Idiots who've managed to swallow the textbook whole and spew out an essay of well-structured but ultimately crap essays.
Comment if you agree with me, or if you like the current system- I'm very interested to know what my (mainly young) audience thinks!