Projects are better than written exams

February 12, 2016, 9:50 am

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The debate "Projects are better than written exams" was started by Goutham on February 12, 2016, 9:50 am. 31 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 12 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

PsychDave posted 3 arguments, ReadyToBegin posted 2 arguments, Burnin posted 1 argument, Alex posted 2 arguments to the agreers part.
danielle posted 4 arguments to the disagreers part.

Goutham, MrShine, Alex, PsychDave, Kopano_98, ReadyToBegin, WaspToxin, ProudAmerican888, Burnin, Sumerian, aftermath, SergioMX, FarisHassan, president and 17 visitors agree.
danielle, rob5998, Adonah, alexoliver and 8 visitors disagree.

actually Alex I love school and college hence why I'm doing a third year. I love learning and I find my subjects really interesting. I was just listing a few things that I haven't needed since GCSE, as that was the topic of conversation.

as for homework, I don't believe there is anything wrong with homework as long as it is helpful to you. So I would say its much more useful for a teacher to say "your homework is to do some revision on this topic and I want to see evidence of this". That way the teacher us still getting them to do revision but it can be in a way that's useful to them. For me personally I hate my Spanish teacher setting me sheets to do at home, I'd rather write an essay or make posters!!

3 years, 5 months ago

I'm with Dave on this.
even though today the only time I use math is when playing blackjack, I see how all subjects must be exposed to kids. had school not taught people math, we would have no engineering jobs or anything.

Danielle no offense, but you sound like a complaining 5th grader that gas no understanding of the point of school. I bet your against homework too.

3 years, 5 months ago
ReadyToBegin
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I'm completely with you on that, danielle!

3 years, 5 months ago
PsychDave
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Some of that I can't argue with since I haven't used Avogadro's number since high school, but the literacy parts helped you learn reading comprehension and deconstruction to let you understand not just to what is written and why. Having debated with you I cam say that you are still able to do this, so either you were ahead of the curve then or you still use those skills to some extent.

The other part of school is to help people decide what they enjoy doing so that they can pick a direction in life. You may not use trigonometry and such, but had you found that you enjoyed math and gone into engineering you certainly would have. Large parts of early education is giving people exposure to a broad scope of subjects. That does mean that some of those subjects will be irrelevant to them later in life, but it would be worse to just not expose children to some skills because you don't think they are headed for a career that would use it.

3 years, 5 months ago

realistically school doesn't really set you up very well. since leaving school I've never used algebra, Avogadro's number, chi-squared, spearman's rank, the quadratic formula, Pythagoras, trigonometry, I've never had to compare texts, explain why authors write the way they do, I've never had to explain why meanders exist, or ox bow lakes. The only thing i learnt at school that I still use is my Spanish!

3 years, 5 months ago

I do agree that both are necessary, but I would tend to give more weight to assignments. In the real world you almost never just memorize tables and equations. If you were ever unsure, you look it up. Projects better prepare students for real world situations.

3 years, 5 months ago

as long as the subject isn't math I don't care.
if I had to pick I would say projects because I can be different, and creative, exams are pretty boring.

3 years, 5 months ago

the only reason I feel exams are better is because coursework requires a lot at home etc where you can look stuff up etc so I feel if a subject was all coursework it wouldnt be a fair representation. I think it's better to have a mix. (except in biology - cos the coursework in that is a bitch- literally so not fair! lose one mark = loss 2 grades-EVIL)

3 years, 5 months ago

I 2 beleive a mixture of both is good, but practical basis should be given at least equal importance compared 2 theoretical stuffs.

3 years, 5 months ago
ReadyToBegin
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I agree with the last of danielle's statement.

A good mix is in order.

Projects are really effective, but also don't gauge everything as well as an exam.

3 years, 5 months ago

I feel projects show a better understanding while exams show memorization. I can do differential calculus, but hell if I can remember the table of indefinite integrals.

3 years, 5 months ago

I absolutely detest coursework! I would rather do more exams and less coursework!!

but others obviously agree. Therefore one or the other isnt better, it really depends on the person

3 years, 5 months ago
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