I collected my A-Level results today along with hundreds of thousands of other nervously awaiting teenage students who all knew that the three or more letters hidden within that white envelope contained their future; making or breaking their university career. It was this moment that I began to realise that the education system in The United Kingdom isn’t really that good and here’s why…
I am 18 years old, that is all – barely matured, barely legal to do many things and totally clueless on what I want to do when I am older. However, regardless of this I have been through 7 years of secondary schooling that has all been leading up to this point. Each class of English Literature and boring maths lessons in year 7 all come down to this envelope. If I fail then all of those years have been wasted – well that’s at least what it feels like.
Luckily I passed my A-Levels and I am off to my firm choice in London, however, I know people who didn’t quite cut it and couldn’t go to the university of their dreams? Why, because they were one letter off – something I don’t think is fair. People could have easily had an ‘off day’ on the day of their exam – they easily could’ve had a relative die which was on their mind during the exam. And it is because of this – problems far beyond their control that predict and dictate that they cannot quite have the future that they want.
Moreover, exams… what are they? What do they test? What do they really test? Memory! Those who excel at exams are those that can memorise things well, have a photographic memory or can write a decent essay. If you cannot do any of these then you’re stuffed according to The British Education System. Luckily I am blessed with a photographic memory but what I am trying to say is someone’s intelligence is measured by memory instead of actual attainment. Perhaps a year-long portfolio, or anything… Surely that’d be great. Well, no. Yes, I know I sound a little contradictory but people get tested all the time – it’s a way of life. Now, whilst I do not agree with it as a sole way of testing someone’s attainment, I do believe it to be necessary.
Finally, there is the ambiguity of the grades. How can one differentiate between a high A and a low A and so-on. You could be one UMS point (less than one mark) of an A but because you technically got a B, you can’t go to your dream university. Seems a little bazaar to me.
Overall, therefore, my problems with The Education System is the pressure it puts on teenagers and young people, not everyone is ‘the exam type’, the fact that test test memory and that’s it and finally the ambiguity behind the grades. Add this all together and that is why I disapprove of The British Education System.
What is your opinion? Do you agree? Let me know below!