Education

Latest slants on education, covering higher education, tuition fees, grammar schools and more.

<strong></strong>Why grading systems are a flawed measure of intelligence
Education

Why grading systems are a flawed measure of intelligence

Since I’ve been in education, I have always found a distaste in grading systems. When I first had a piece of creative writing assessed, I realised that one person may find my work amazing, whilst another would find it terrible. Though I have continued to push myself through this constraining education system, I believe that the concept of grading and the effects of it should be considered more heavily. This issue has particularly come into importance to me during my time at the University of Waterloo, where I have had the privilege to work with a professor whose teaching philosophy disregards the traditional grading system in a way which ultimately benefits students. The topic of education and grading has been linked with the conversation self-esteem and validation for an extended peri...
Dyslexia can be a gift, but only with the right opportunities
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Dyslexia can be a gift, but only with the right opportunities

After years of struggle, hard work, and coffee, today my dream finally sunk in: I’m going to Cambridge. My place was confirmed some months ago, but the significance only really hit me on an open day visit to my home for the next three years. Born dyslexic (the local state school calmly reassured my parents that I was just ‘stupid’), I cannot describe the magnitude of this step for me. I was fortunate enough to go to The Unicorn School, Abingdon, a specialist school for those with specific learning difficulties, which both nurtured and tormented me as I grew up. A school of fewer than a hundred people can be both magnificent and stifling, but it was an invaluable experience that was only made possible by my grandmother's savings. I was, however, blissfully unaware of this at the ...