Demand for creative problem solvers – not excellent exam writers
Radical changes to the UK public education system will be needed to benefit the future of our children. An over emphasis on exam results are not only unhelpful, but rob our pupils of their potential.
This three part series looks at the importance of moving away from the old traditions by examining one of the pillars of education – mathematics. For 15 to 19 year olds, we have been teaching students how to write exams. It is time to look at helping our pupils achieve their capabilities.
Our world is changing and mathematics education needs to transform as well.
The emphasis on a final mathematics exam result for our 15 to 19 year old students has come about for many different reasons.
To implement change, an analysis needs to be made on some of the causes of why it continues.
The endless cycle of the pressure to obtain good mathematics exam results leaves little time for pupils in the UK to obtain the necessary problem solving skills required for the future.
Other places in the world seem to produce good students without this method of assessment. It is time the UK started thinking of alternatives.