Friday, 5 June 2009

It makes you cynical about what they learn

On Tuesday, I got talking to this woman I have know since about 2000. She is three years older than myself. I haven't seen for a while, and she told me that her daughter is studing A-level English Language. I replied to that, "Oh that's good" and then questioned, "Is she enjoying it?". Seconds later, the person I was talking to received a text from her daughter, who could be one year away from going to University, wanting to know what the word cynical means. I knew what cynical meant from about the ages of 13 or 14 or so, so I found it bizarre and worrying that her daughter has proceeded to a relatively advanced stage in education without understanding the semantics of a comparatively simple word.

I know they give people one mark for putting their name on a exam paper. I seem to remember, and my mind doesn't play tricks on me, us getting points deducted for mispellings, along with punctuation and grammar errors. They don't do that now.


OpenID imps85 said...

You know , sometimes I also wonder what word they never heard of . (like when i was in year 11(this is about 5years ago)A group of girls didnt know the word 'copulate' which I was rather surprised about.

By the way, In my secondary school I still got deducted points for every kind of mistake(grammar, syntax, spelling, punctation..) so I guess it depends where the school is.

15 June 2009 at 15:00  

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