“If someone comes to an exam and writes what I taught him, I will fail him. I don’t want to be told the things I know” – this was, in a nutshell, the philosophy of the British education system, shared by a SEI professor.
Obviously, there’s a continuation – the student is supposed to have read throughly a certain list of books, and then be able to write essays making connections between the things read – but that was the essential part.
Unlike in the Romanian system (originally of French inspiration), students in the UK will not be asked to reproduce memorized data and facts, but to prove their obtained knowledge through a more or less practical exercise.
Writing about something (in order to prove one’s grasp of a certain topic) it’s not the same thing as reproducing it. Therefore, very much different from Romania, British professors are not so obsessed with catching their students cheating.
You simply can’t write an essay and can’t express your view on something you haven’t read before the exam. Even if you had at least a dozen books on your desk during the examination, you couldn’t search for the specific information, nor process it.
Thanks to this philosophy, the higher education system of the UK is one of the things I liked best about this country. Too bad that younger Brits are now in schools that are in an appalling mess after 13 years of New Labour ‘progressive’ reign.
However, I think that British universities will maintain their supremacy in the EU for a long time from now. Be it only because of the English language’s prominence, but also because most French academic institutions are rotten with a bad phisosophy.
If only this sickening political correctness that is creeping into everything ‘sane’ and ‘decent’ in the UK wouldn’t spoil the good things about British universities! Real scientific truths (not those fabricated by ideologies) couldn’t be born in an Orwellian Britain!
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