Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Proud of My Niece

Yesterday, my niece Issy got 9 A* and two As in her GCSEs. Rather better than her uncle, who 32 years ago, got 4 Bs, 2 Cs, a D and an Ungraded in Physics.

I'm very proud of her.

18 comments:

IainMonty said...

Well done to your niece. I look forward to your blog attacking the media and politicians who's knee-jerk reaction is to beliitle young people who have done well, with their "exams are far too easy" nonsense.
I'm sure she worked very hard for those results and no more deserves that rubbish than anyone else.

Dual Citizen said...

Congratulations to your niece. Though even a 5 year old can pass a GCSE these days. http://bit.ly/acYi1P

And remember you & I took O Levels!

Mick Turatian said...

Well done to her. One has to point out, though, that 32 years ago the pass rate didn't look like an election result in former East Germany.

I wonder, did she take modern languages like her Uncle?

Robert said...

When GCSE's were first introduced an A grade was the equivalent of a GCE C grade.

Roger Thornhill said...

Congratulations to her and all who worked hard.

Maybe you should ask for a copy of the papers she sat. I would be interested to hear your opinion of them.

Sobers said...

Without meaning to belittle your niece's achievement, doing really well in an exam where 98.7% of people pass is not that big a deal is it? In your day the results were set as a % for each year (x% got A, y% got B etc etc), so those that got good grades knew where they stood relative to their peers. Now an A or A* merely means you have jumped an increasingly low hurdle, but with no indication of how much further you could have gone. Not really very helpful to the person doing the exam, or anyone using the results to judge whether to employ said examinee.

davidmorris said...

Congratulations to your niece. Do you know what she's thinking of doing next?

OldSlaughter said...

So basically she spelt her name correctly.

killemallletgodsortemout said...

My niece got 5 As, 5 Bs and 3Cs.

She spent most of the last year smoking dope, drinking vast quantities of alcohol, absenting herself from school and generally being obnoxious.

GCSEs are worthless.

George said...

Iain,

Whilst one doesn't want to do down the achievenments of Issy, you'll probably find there's an equivalence in the grades over the years.
Kids ain't smarter/cleverer than us old fogeys, its rather the methodology and manner of exams and learning and the narrower base.

Poppy said...

Congratulations to Issy...and I expects she's proud of Uncle Iain,for different reasons !!

Rich Johnston said...

It's terrible how all these driving tests are also getting easier and easier, so many more people pass them and pass them first time nowadays, even though they are meant to have got stricter over the years!

Span Ows said...

My lad got one A and the rest Bs.

Iain, your results were almost exactly the same as mine but I wangled one A (3Bs,2Cs a D and a U in Physics) Were you "forced" to just do 8 and if you did the "arts" course (Art/RE/History/Geog) you only did one science which HAD to be Physics? I did but hated physics and was a whizz at Chemistry (which I got in evening classes after leaving school)

edward westhead said...

Thsi comment relates to A levels rather than GCSE's, but it shows how people find it easier to get high grades these days than in my time (late 60's). Then for my Maths, Further Maths and Physics A levels I sat a couple of papers on each subject at the end of two years + a Physics Experimental exam. Failure was failure and would have involved another year before a re-take was allowed, which had to be for the entire suvject. These days the subjects are 'modularised' and exams are spread over the two years, (AS and A papers) with the facility to re-sit individual modules several times. In this way, the student can concentrate on small areas of the subject and gain a good pass after repeated attempts, and then concentrate on the next module. My 'B' in Physics would have been a 'A*' if I could have adopted a similar exam routine!

sinosimon said...

the ugraded in physics would explain your occasional lack of gravity then Iain?

igmc
:P

gregblogs said...

Some of you are incredibly sad people. A simple congratulations would be fine. It isn't her fault that the exams might be easier and regardless of how hard or easy they are I am sure she worked very hard. And those are actually pretty excellent grades which will no doubt stand her in good stead for getting good a-levels and an excellent university or job.

And there is evidence that people are getting smarter in certain ways - check out the Flynn effect.

Osama the Nazarene said...

Yes but in those days GCEs properly tested you knowledge, unlike today's Micky Mouse multi modular exams which you can take in steps and repeat to improve your overall grade.

Osama the Nazarene said...

@edward westhead believe it or not there are some honourable exceptions in today's schools. The school which Bliar's kids attended as well as my daughter sticks to the old A level principle of taking all of the exams in the final term.

So in her final term my daughter took 3 AS and 3 A level papers for each of Maths, Chemistry and Biology. Not like the easy option of take and re-take attempted by most schools. They were two hour papers but even so.