A-level students: Why do you assume that because exams are easier we are suggesting you are less capable?

Question:The following statements seem to me to be "the facts":
- A substantially greater proportion of pupils pass their exams at higher grades now than in the past.
- Evolution has made no measurable difference to the size or effectiveness of the human brain in the past thousand years.

By saying the exams are easier to pass now "oldies" such as myself are not saying that you would not be capable of passing the same exams as we did ten years ago, only that fewer of you would. This has NOTHING to do with teaching standards, as these are clearly no better or worse than they ever have been. Some teachers now are crap, some teachers twenty years ago were crap. The average is the same, so has no effect on the national statistics.
So..back to my question. Why do you take such offence? Surely you appreciate that the value of the A-grades you all "worked so hard to achieve" (of course...no-one is saying you're lazy!) is substantially less when MOST of your mates also get them!

Answers:
Actually each generation have more to learn about growing up ie computers simple things such as washing machine's (wrong) mbile (wrong) phones.

my nan can just about use a remote control
my dad cant (wrong) use a laptop to save his life
and how many older people do you know that have no clue when it comes to mobile phones

Where are the question marks?

why cant (wrong) they use them? they have been around long enough for them to to learn.

but given to a 5 year old they can do all of these thing with ease so have we evolved slightly with each generation the simple answer is yes. (evolved?!)

we havent (wrong) developed masses of inteligence (wrong) but adapted to our surroundings this is evolution at work.

punctuation bad

and who says A levels have got easier? back 30 years ago the volume of students through uni was not as high as today so work on the law of averages more people through uni means more passes and higher the grades! after all us common folk can now go to uni and be barristers and stockbrokers (like me, well trainee) not just the privaleged so it does not take a rocket scientist to figure it all out just a bit of common sense...

have a nice day


Barrister? Yikes! Can't even use a capital letter!
Actually each generation have more to learn about growing up ie computers simple things such as washing machine's mbile phones.

my nan can just about use a remote control
my dad cant use a laptop to save his life
and how many older people do you know that have no clue when it comes to mobile phones

why cant they use them? they have been around long enough for them to to learn.

but given to a 5 year old they can do all of these thing with ease so have we evolved slightly with each generation the simple answer is yes.
we havent developed masses of inteligence but adapted to our surroundings this is evolution at work.

and who says A levels have got easier? back 30 years ago the volume of students through uni was not as high as today so work on the law of averages more people through uni means more passes and higher the grades! after all us common folk can now go to uni and be barristers and stockbrokers (like me, well trainee) not just the privaleged so it does not take a rocket scientist to figure it all out just a bit of common sense...

have a nice day

hang on did i rattle your cage there sorry, i never implied that the older generation was thick nor did i say einstein's work was easy i merly stated that evolution has taken place making us more adapted to our surroundings. After you had said that there is no difference between generation's when there clearly is.
This is a good thing, with each generation comes a more developed and more analytical approach to problems and ways of enhancing and developing already existing technology! such as cars.
and i could not care what any one says about whether or not the A levels have got harder (as i have more important things to worry about like who the next pensioner is that im gonna rip off at work!) i was merly commenting on your statement about generations. please, why do older generation always have a problem with us young types. we are simply a new and improved version of our parents! so deal wih it.

one day ill be in your shoes moaning about the young and saying how calous they are.. but not today!!

have a nice day.
That is only your veiw on the matter alot of teachers from my school have said that the exams have not got easier one even said she thought they were harder since the questions are so much narrower now they expect alot of knowledge for such a small area. Alot of kids now are being pushed and pushed so much to pass all their grades. You also have to remember that girls didn't use to go to school now they do that makes alot more kids available to pass exams anyway. Loads and loads of children do fail its just that there are alot more children about and they are all being pushed to study and pass people don't tend to take apprenticeship's or carry on their family business anymore now i suggest you go and climb back under your rock just because more people are getting good grades doesn't for one minute make the exams now easier if you think they are so easy then go and sit aloud of them yourself and find out how hard they really are.
Our society now puts alot of pressure on kids they even get nervous breakdowns all the time trying to get their A's.
I think you are just being very closed minded and far to ready to rely on your 'facts' everyone knows that statistics and these studies they use to prove these things are more than easy to fix and twist and they are un-reliable.
I don't think Alevels have got easier. I think university entry has got more competitive and as a result more people are working harder to secure a place at the university of their choice. My parents both say they did not work nearly so hard as I have for their exams and yet they both got good marks and went to good universities. And no, this is not to say that I am much less intelligent then my parents - both of them are teachers and both of them have looked at, for examples, essays I've produced and say they couldn't write that to that standard when they were my age. I'm not pretending to be some genius whizz kid, I'm just an average A Level student. I work hard to get the A grades I need for university entry, as do all the other alevel students out there.
We take "offence" as you put it because when people say that alevels are getting easier it makes a mockery of the hard work and effort we've put in to get A grades. Just because more people have the same grades does not mean they've been devalued or anything like that. It simply means there are more people achieving a high standard - because they have to.
So no. Alevels are not getting easier. Students are getting more competitive as universities ask for higher grades for their places.

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