Timmy elsewhereAugust 19, 2012 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere8 CommentsAt the ASI. Female exam reuslts are better than males. Not really a surprise as it has been engineered to be that way….. previousNormally we\’re against populismnextRichard Brooks\’ Private Eye money laundering piece 8 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere” dearieme August 19, 2012 at 11:29 am First Law: Nothing should be evaluated by coursework that can be usefully evaluated by a closed book examination. Second Law: when the nature of something demands coursework assessment, the examiners must supply the huge amount of effort required to keep it honest. Third Law: severe punishment of those caught cheating at coursework must be applied. Fourth Law: there’s not the remotest chance of the first three laws being imposed. JamesV August 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm So shouldn’t we have a 50/50 split between marks from coursework and marks from exams? Of course, one must wonder just what is it about young, attractive, nubile, innocent female students that enables them to nobble coursework results so much more effectively than exams? JamesV August 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm I should add, I am not acquainted with Mr Worstall’s daughter. Mithrandir August 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm “So shouldn’t we have a 50/50 split between marks from coursework and marks from exams?” Shome mishtake shurely. The quality of assessment is not defined by how evenly distributed the outcomes are across demographics Does anyone have a source for the “girls are better at coursework / boys are better at exams” assertion? On coursework in general, I remember an instructive anecdote from my computing teacher in high school. Having just returned from a meeting with regional colleagues he expressed his surprise at the admission from some of them that all students score 100% in coursework and the equally surprised reactions when they learned his students did not – “But, don’t you feel you’re disadvantaging your kids?” Tim Newman August 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm Nothing used to piss me off more when, in the first few years of secondary school, a teacher would simper over the “project” done at home by some 11 year old girl, which was so obviously done by the parents, and tell us all how well she had done. I can’t imagine such kids ever amounted to much. I quite liked it when I went to boarding school and found there was no way of cheating the coursework. Luke August 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm There’s a false assumption that final exams favour the flamboyant bulshitter over the honest plodder. Something in that, but what about the plodder who’s not very good to begin with (me, maths A level), but by hard work does ok in a final exam? john malpas August 20, 2012 at 2:03 am It used to be that education / training was to creat a store of knowledge beteween your ears. Thus enabling you to to use it as necessary to earn food etc. How does coursework do this? The Thought Gang August 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm @ john malpas I’ve done a lot of exams in my time.. at school, then at university, and then to gain my professional qualification. I was always good at exams.. not because I was good at remembering lots of stuff (I wasn’t) but because I was good at remembering what I needed to remember, picking the right questions to answer, and applying knowledge and understanding to give the examiner what sh/he needed to give me the marks I required. The store of knowledge I took into exams was generally left in the first pub I visited afterwards. The skills I used to approach the exams are what I use to earn my food. The same skills also helped me to be equally adept at coursework, where they were supplemented by an ability to present ideas/arguments (both aesthetically and intellectually) which, also, has had a lot to do with my successful earning of food post-education. Getting through education, for most of us, is not about learning ‘things’, it’s about learning ‘skills’. A store of knowledge is all very well, but earning money comes from applying knowledge.. and that’s a process which usually isn’t too bothered whether that knowledge came from the in-brain store, or from a book. Coursework, if done honestly, is a much better test of someones general aptitude for earning food than exams. Exam success, particularly from higher education where simple regurgitation of facts is not enough to secure a good degree, is a great indicator of some useful skills… so someone who’s good at both exams and coursework should be a decent prospect.. but an employer choosing someone who only excelled at one or the other would usually be best advised to choose the one who was good at coursework. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.