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Then again...

Here is an example question from the link:

GCSE Science (Edexcel, 2006)

Our moon seems to disappear during an eclipse. Some people say this is because an old lady covers the moon with her cloak. She does this so that thieves cannot steal the shiny coins on the surface. Which of these would help scientists to prove or disprove this idea?

A) Collect evidence from people who believe the lady sees the thieves

B) Shout to the lady that the thieves are coming

C) Send a probe to the moon to search for coins

D) Look for fingerprints


WTF?
#1 at 16:59:43 - 29/03/2009
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Slightly embarrassed that I'm not sure what the answer is, actually.
#2 at 17:03:26 - 29/03/2009
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C - looking for proof :)
#3 at 17:06:16 - 29/03/2009
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Yeah, but finding coins doesn't prove the idea that there's an old lady and not finding coins doesn't disprove it. :O
#4 at 17:10:17 - 29/03/2009
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E) Education
#5 at 17:31:31 - 29/03/2009
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Looking at those question, I probably could have passed the Exams when I was twelve. o/
#6 at 17:35:02 - 29/03/2009
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I think the answer is : nuke the examining board for being a bunch of fuckwits.

Candidates seemed secure on some aspects of the solar system and space but over 20% of candidates thought the Sun orbited the Earth.


McDonalds better have enough jobs to go around, as long as they don't dribble into the fryers.
#7 at 19:21:07 - 29/03/2009
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I want to know who the 'some people' are that they are referring to: I've never even heard it as a fable. They appear to be quoting insane people for their questions.
#8 at 19:27:42 - 29/03/2009
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You just know some students took the "some people" too seriously and now believe that this old lady thing is an accepted scientific theory.
#9 at 19:35:13 - 29/03/2009
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Christ on a bike - I don't think I can even imagine an O Level asking a similar question.
#10 at 20:37:41 - 29/03/2009
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Reminds me of these fantastic solutions to mathematical problems.

:)
#11 at 00:36:16 - 30/03/2009
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The answer is:

J)oey
#12 at 05:02:07 - 30/03/2009
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I remember being given the wrong GCSE Geography paper back in 1991. There were two- the thicky paper (highest grade was a C) and the normal paper.

Both started off with a question on hill sheep farming. Both had the same illustration. The normal paper asked you to identify issues with sheep farming, why people did it etc. The thicky paper asked you to identify the animals in the picture.

This was nigh on 20 years ago and things have only got worse by the look of it.

It's high time we scrapped education for thickies and replaced it with some sort of vocational qualification. Not that they're thickies of course, now they have some syndrome or disability so their parents can feel better and hard done by.
#13 at 10:39:31 - 30/03/2009
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Biology paper: :O

Physics: :O

Chemistry: :O

What strikes me is that you hardly need to write anything. You could also do quite well without any knowledge going in - a lot is just about you interpreting the information they supply you on the test paper.
#14 at 19:19:31 - 30/03/2009
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'Foundation Tier'

There's your answer. Higher tier is a lot harder.
#15 at 20:00:30 - 30/03/2009
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Yeah, the higher didn't have as much funniness to it. I'm kinda with billdoor on his idea of killing all the thickies (or whatever it was he said). ;)
#16 at 20:07:48 - 30/03/2009
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Retroid said:
The answer is: J)oey

LOL. Showing your age Retroid... ;)
#17 at 09:58:53 - 31/03/2009
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It's high time we scrapped education for thickies and replaced it with some sort of vocational qualification. Not that they're thickies of course, now they have some syndrome or disability so their parents can feel better and hard done by.
It gets complicated though.

They are introducing the 'Functional Maths' which in theory should help. But misses out on an important point which is they just don't really function.
Put some pricing for a variety of deals for can of coke ( 2 for 1, 1 6 pack ) in front of some students and asked which they'd buy? General consensus amongst supposedly poor kids was that they'd buy as many singles as they wanted and fuck the pricing.

The higher Science papers are still a joke compared to the syllabus I had to do, and I know this because my syllabus ended up as the IGCSE's which are pretty demanding.
#18 at 19:37:40 - 31/03/2009
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Even if those question are for the not so smart it's not a very good sign in my opinion.
#19 at 21:25:16 - 31/03/2009
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Well, I did my History GCSE the other day, and due to a mix up, I ended up doing foundation instead of higher tier(I didn't really mind, History isn't my best subject and I had a lot on my plate anyway. I've left revision to the last minute, and even now I've revised about an hours worth in the last week.) Well anyway, it was embarrassingly easy, even for someone who had revised fuck all, that someone being me. They actually had a one word question asking me what party Adolf Hitler was the leader of...and it was multiple choice.

/facepalm
#20 at 00:14:28 - 31/05/2009
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Option:
A) The Jewish party
B) The Nazi party
C) Friday night party! Wahey!!
#21 at 01:26:32 - 31/05/2009
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Whizzo said:I think the answer is : nuke the examining board for being a bunch of fuckwits.

Candidates seemed secure on some aspects of the solar system and space but over 20% of candidates thought the Sun orbited the Earth.




Damn Papists!
#22 at 09:49:28 - 02/06/2009

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