So I thought I’d do a rant on English Exams, not on essays but on context studies. This will be nonsensical and might even be totally wrong but I’d just to like rant and create some content for this blog. By the way I will add photos and videos of my photography and videography projects but right now I’ll just throw something useless at you. This will be short because I don’t really have much to talk about and it’s getting quite late, almost midnight.
So context studies basically give you 3 options for writing it. You get persuasive, expository and creative. Expository is basically a text response that you have written before. Persuasive is there for you to convince the reader to your viewpoint. Creative is when you want to create something that relates with the sentence/question you get given. I do understand that these context studies are there for the teachers to help them understand how you understand the books and such. I have a problem with how these things are conducted in the first place. You get given a certain time period to show this and that is the exam period. That is what I have a problem in.
I understand in subjects such as Maths and other subjects that have clear cut answers because if you truly understand then you should get it correct. But for subjects such as English and other subjects that there are no clear answers but with how you can give your viewpoint in how you understand the content. In my opinion an exam is not the right way to do this.
Great essayists, writers and public speakers did not get a certain time to create something great. They made it in their own time and took inspiration from things to show that they truly understand the subject they were talking/writing about. That’s how you create great works. But giving students a small amount of time with no inspiration to create something is not the way to go. It may be the easiest way to mark something but that isn’t what it’s all about. Real life isn’t about saying you understand everything by taking a test. Life is not like a test it’s an experience and what you do with it.
I know that there are other alternatives that you can have that teachers will disagree because on the principle that students will not work because they aren’t motivated enough whereas if you have a test you get a clear date to study for and a clear score that you can get. That works well in certain subjects but I think that doesn’t work for English. I don’t have much experience and what I’m throwing out right now is probably garbage to most of you but I’m trying to think a different way from what we are expected to. And isn’t that what most innovators did? As Henry Ford said “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would’ve asked for faster horses”. I really liked that quote because we are so focused on right and wrong (me included) but sometimes we have to take a risk to think stupid things, take risks to think crazy things because in the end we regret what we haven’t done that we have done.
I don’t exactly have a solution for this, I thought I’d just write about this because I felt the need to write something done about it. It’s kind of like thinking and ranting out loud with no regard for what anyone says. It’s also much nicer to type because I can write what I think than taking the time to write things down. Writing things down is good for narrowing but for brainstorming and ideas you need something fast so your ideas are recorded while still having a flee flow of thoughts that aren’t hindered by the speed of your writing, maybe a podcast would work as well. Who knows, maybe the solution to the English exams (to me anyway) is something as simple as converting it to a folio subject such as Photography because it shows their clear understanding without pressure from the time limit. Maybe the solution goes against natural logic or hasn’t been thought out yet, I don’t know. It may be because my philosophy is to take your time and that all good things come to those who wait.
I’m sorry for this post taking such a long time for you to read and is quite confusing because I went on a tangent a lot of the time but I hoped that this helped you or it just made you think differently, we need more thinking differently. So I though I’d go now before rambling myself over 1000 words or something. I know not much of you will read this but I thought I’d write it down anyway because it’s quite relaxing just typing what’s on my mind without any burdens or commitments, just typing because I want to without any real reason to write.