it was all good till question 15 then it went downhill by about h metres #EdexcelMaths—
philippa (@uberhowell) June 04, 2015
Reports were released late May that the new maths GCSE papers would be rewritten after being found too difficult. Having sat the Edexcel Non-Calculator Exam just a few hours ago, I fear they might have forgotten to rewrite the second half. And I’m not alone.
Whilst I found the paper generally not too taxing, it doesn’t seem to be the common conception. #EdexcelMaths is trending on twitter and the reactions and frustrations of teens nationwide are quickly going viral.
#EdexcelMaths where was the typical 'John is making a cake' 'work out how much flour he needs to make 18 cakes'—
SQ (@stephhquinn) June 04, 2015
I’ve ranted about the examination system a lot in the past and I think this is an adequate example of why it doesn’t work. Whilst it’s evident that maths questions are meant to test a person’s problem solving ability alongside their mathematical ability, it is not a comprehension exam. Simply giving the equation would test a person’s mathematical ability far better than it would to suffocate the equation in a cloud of meaningless back story. Likewise, the relevance of what is taught in maths – an exam that requires a pass in just to go onto further education, regardless of whether or not maths is a subject you want to continue to study – is difficult to find. This has clearly been expressed in many of the tweets currently going viral. Let’s take, for example, calculating the probability of a person picking an orange sweet and expressing this by proving an algebraic equation — how are the two linked in any shape, way or form? Continue reading Maths is trending on twitter…
Rorybrazendale (@rorybraz12) June 04, 2015