As everyone knows June is the time of giving marks and assessing students’ knowledge. Every pupil wants to be the best and get satisfying marks. Certificate with flying colours is students’ dream come true. But sometimes it doesn’t go well. Our and our parents’ ambitions or efforts is not enough. So what next? For some of us it doesn’t matter, but I think that everyone knows at least one person who really cares about marks. Maybe assessment is not as important as knowledge. At school we are assessed constantly. Everything is taken into consideration-our oral presentation, tests or behaviour. I have prepared an essay about it. But before that I would like to present a comparison of the Polish and Finnish curricular. Every Polish student knows how it works in Poland. So I want to show 6 interesting facts about the Finnish school you may not know.
First, compulsory education begins at the age of 7 (latest in Europe) and ends when children are 16 years old. Children do not wear uniforms and they call their teachers by their first names.
Secondly, time spent at school is short, students have long holidays. Between 7 and 14 years, a Finnish child spends on average of 706 hours per class (746 in Poland).
Next, education is geared towards supporting creative activities, looking for good students’ sites and encouraging them to deepen their interests. Students are also not classified in terms of their level of knowledge or skills. It does not focus on teaching unnecessary patterns, concepts, etc., but on skilfully using the acquired knowledge in practice, coping with difficult situations and quickly solving problems. Children are not assessed, there are no examinations, or tests. The only exam is the one that ends high school.
What is more, competition is limited to a minimum – in Finnish schools up to the age of 16 children do not pass any exams. A third of subjects in secondary schools are chosen at their discretion.
Finally, paid tutoring is forbidden, and every child receives extra help in learning as part of school activities. School is a place where they should acquire knowledge.
Nowadays teachers assess students knowledge on the basis of marks they got on tests. This system is approved by a lot of people but it has nearly the some amount of opponents. So is it really the best way to grade pupils or maybe the scheme should be changed?
Checking knowledge with exams has many advantages. Firstly, it allows teachers to verify group’s abilities and show its strengths or weaknesses. The results can tell the learners which skills they have already mastered and also which to practise more. What is more, every school has final exams at the end. To pass them and get the best score students have to practise and gain experience.
On the other hand, exams can not usually reveal the true potential. There are a lot of people who have much more to offer than they can show during the test. Not only do exams hardly ever contain every issue the student can sort out but also they cause stress. Teenagers are sensitive to stressful situations are more likely to fail because they cannot focus and are stressed so much that they are not able to write down everything that normally they would.
All things considered, the current grading system has both advantages and disadvantages which brings us to the conclusion that it should be partly changed.
Article written by Laura Pacud from 2d, edited by Mrs M.Kossak.