Pre-results reportage

I have been intermittently listening to snippets of radio today between home visits and as usual I heard the hype building.

Tomorrow we have to go to school, Techie and I – but just for one AS result and one maths paper result, as the main bulk of Techie’s results are coming out on Tuesday next week.

I have no idea how well he will have done, but found this tonight which I feel is very good advice and I wish my parents had read it…. well, maybe that’s not fair. I do remember Dad saying, prior to results day, “Just remember we love you what ever your results. Just as long as you feel you have done your best.”

But I didn’t work hard enough. I didn’t really work much for A levels at all. I passed A levels, but not achieving grades with which I could feel any pride. That’s what really disappointed him, and me really.

I had let myself down  and the school- (just as the inflatable boy did, when he took a drawing pin into school) and worse I let him down.

He had visions of a scientific daughter going off to University. Instead he got me, going off to nursing school, which he didn’t really rate as higher education.

So fingers crossed for tomorrow and next Tuesday….

and if they are not as good as we had hoped, I’ll try to remember the following:

“How you react will be remembered by your child for the rest of his or her life, so you want to get it right. That’s the thing about parenting. You may not get any gratitude at the time but, in the long run, your efforts will be appreciated.”

Author: Sarah

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11 thoughts on “Pre-results reportage”

  1. “Hang on, everyone’s got an A: the exams must be getting easier. When I was a lad, we could do quadratic equations in our heads while whistling the national anthem backwards and getting a sound thrashing from matron. But I suppose these days it would contravene EU-imposed health and so-called safety legislation to have a simple British game of conkers, which reminds me blah blah”
    Robert Webb in the Telegraph
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/robert-webb/7945484/Exam-results-are-almost-upon-us-time-for-the-annual-punch-up.html

  2. Difficult Nym, and although you are aware of the obvious pitfalls, it’s not easy to react in the right way.

    I got it all wrong, apparently, according to my younger daughter. My campaign of trying not to put too much emphasis on the results was interpreted as lack of confidence in her ability! I thought I was trying to take the pressure off, but she didn’t see it quite like that, or so I discovered later.

    You really cannot win with this one sometimes.

  3. Compare the papers – in fact, compare an A level paper from this year with an O level paper from 1967. Note that I am not belittling the children who have to sit these exams – you play the team on the park in front of you.

  4. Yes, Bravo, I think it’s depressing for children today to be told that they are somehow not performing and their efforts are substandard, but I do believe that the goalposts have been lowered somewhat and it is the same with degrees.

  5. My feeling is that my eldest son has a far greater understanding of a wider range of concepts than I did at his age in the mathematical, scientific and philosophical spheres especially. He has had, on the whole, so far, a far more focused style of teaching than I had. Of course I can only compare with what I experienced myself.
    What I feel may be lacking in the exams and marking schemes now is a flexibility of approach that would allow originality and lateral thinking to be given some credit: the marks are awarded to a very specific marking scheme. In particular the multi-choice papers are very rigid, making a pure regurgitation of the facts exactly as they were taught the best way to gain your marks.

  6. The Internet has made a huge difference to learning: access to ‘potted’ wisdom, in contrast with the ‘seeds’ which students used to deal with. Multiple choice papers don’t reflect normal life ‘tests’ either, where plausible solutions are not predigested and filtered for one’s convenience.

  7. Multiple choice? In an A level paper? I rest my case. It’s interesting to note that when I was leaving school the qualifications required for entry level management positions were generally stated as. ‘Five passes at GCE, at least two of which must be at advanced level.’ There was usually a requirement for maths or a science subject to be included.

    Araminta, I agree entirely.

  8. No not muli-choice on A level papers…that is on GCSE papers.
    Today Techie had his further maths results and a philosophy AS result and neither had any muti-choice papers! His main bulk of results are next eek for his GCSE’s (or Jessies) – the science papers have multi-guess, I mean choice questions.

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