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  1. #1 British A-Levels, are they really getting easier? 
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    If you live in England you've most probably heard that the A-level education is 'apparantley' getting easier, but this is stated from a government of politicians who sit in a big room all day and raise any subject that gains interest, so apart from politic opinion, what are your opinions on this that A-levels are getting easier?


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    The govenment is making them easier so even the stupidist sod in education can get some kind of qualification. They have completely destroyed the system with coursework and course size. there is to much to learn


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    We have a similar situation in Ireland, our leaving cert (Irish A levels) has in the last few yaers been, in general, getting easier. Its gotten to the point where some of the courses are just jokes now.
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    more to the point is the fact that too many pupils achieve 3 or more A's, thereby reducing the university's options for making an informed selection decision
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    The government makes these exams easier so the country looks better in the academic tables for europe.

    Easier Exams = More As and Bs = Look, Britain's clever!
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    i'm not sure the exams per se are easier, but the fact that you sit them in modules + and can resit them several times makes it easier to get better grades
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    i'm not sure the exams per se are easier, but the fact that you sit them in modules + and can resit them several times makes it easier to get better grades
    modules? The same thing cane be put to GCSE's but the only subject i did modules was Triple Science and the final exam covered the new stuff AND the modules as well
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    I'm in the US. We don't even take high school seriously anymore. If you want to go anywhere at all, get your GED and attend college to get your associate. It takes two years, max. From there, you apply for a government subsidized loan, and get your bachelor from some small university out in the country. That doesn't take more than two years if you don't listen to your useless academic advisor (I suggest you don't. They're all idiots). Another word of advice: test out of the maths. All math professors are morons, too, and you're better off getting some grad student to tutor you. They have more common sense. You can be in any grad school you want by 20, easily, and that includes Ivy League if you can earn the scholarships. If you don't have the presence of mind to apply for them, that's your problem. Anyone who wants to can do this stuff.

    I guarantee it's similar in the UK. If the exams are getting easier, all this will do is diminish the value of having completed high school, and this just puts you back at square one as far as getting around it. You have to work for success either way. One way just requires more independence of mind. In the US, there's no longer any point in it unless you like gawking under the skirts of cheerleaders. It's bs, and everyone knows it.

    Some districts have better school systems than others, though, so it pays off if your parents are rich. That's what gets you into the big-time without all those detours. The thing is, you can learn just as much in the smaller colleges if you're good at self-study. If you're not, that's your problem, not the instutution's.
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