Professor Bob Hill of Adelaide University has called for the age-old mid and final-year exams to be ditched, in favour of more modern forms of assessment. He's told news.com.au, in rather erotic terms, that "packing sweaty young people into exam rooms on 40 degree days should be history".
Instead, Bob says practicals, group projects, oral exams and research assignments could provide better alternatives for modern students.
Basically, his reasoning boils down to the fact that most kids these days have weak writing skills, and regardless of how many Weet-Bix they eat, they are not prepared for three-hour exams.
Unlike students of the dinosaur era, modern students rarely hand-write pages of material, but instead spend the majority of their time using computer-based methods of study (in between Facebook stalking each other and checking out their favourite bands online.
For the vast majority of students, the news is welcome. The terrifying task of having to sit an exam for three hours is truly the stuff of nightmares, and rarely is there a fictional hero present to lighten the mood.
That said, there has been a surprising number of 7PM viewers commenting on our Facebook page, who have argued that exams are a necessary part of assessment. Sure, you might argue these people are the same ones that play Nintendo all semester before cramming during the final week, but look where that method of studying got Dave Hughes!
One particularly insightful viewer defended Professor Bob Hill's plan, and criticised those opposed to it, commenting, "The only people who like exams r (sic) the ones who like braging (sic) about how smart they r (sic)". That level of irony you won't learn in no stinkin' school full of nerds and "books" (or as I call them, "crap iPads").
Whether or not exams are ditched by high schools and universities across Australia remains to be seen. Regardless, the news comes too late for the readers among you who are students preparing for your final year exams this year. So instead of looking for a way out, maybe put down your iPad, pick up a crap iPad, and start practicing your cursive.
* Ask your mum what 'cursive' is… or Google it. Whatevs.
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