The Problem With Entrance Exams
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So you can draw? We don’t care, just solve that equation.
So you are a great actor? Who cares, just read that Shakespeare story and answer the comprehension questions at the end.
So you can run and jump very high? Who cares, just calculate the trajectory range of this projectile.
That’s how Education sees students, as little dots of English and Maths.
But what if we diversified the way our entrance exams are carried out?
We start off the day with the traditional Maths and English exams. After which the candidates are ushered into a theater where they have to do a 1-2 minute solo performance showcasing their musical or acting talents. And for lunch? You get to make your own lunch from a packet of noodles where it gets tasted by a set of
hungry judges who leave just enough for you to feed yourself.
And then right after lunch everyone gets ushered into the art studio to draw, it could be a ball, an animal, an abstract painting from their head…anything.
After all the studio/classroom activity is done, they go outside and then the athletics begins. We want to know how fast they can run, how high they can jump and how much stamina they have and particular sports they are good at.
At the end of the day their scores are accumulated and the best students in each category as well as best across the categories are selected. Won’t that be cool? It would ensure educational diversity, give chance to others that are not particularly good academically but are good in other things.
But it won’t happen, not even a slight variation. because there is no SSCE grade for being a great actor or for running fast. And that’s what most schools are interested in, the grades, the students who can make them look good … so that more parents can bring their children to their school.
So they focus only on the Maths and the English. The END.
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