Those basic expectations of state students may be hindering their university chances
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/15/2013 -- When it comes to university entrances and admissions, there is plenty of talk of privilege. When you ask young people about their interview techniques, one may noticing that a trend amongst the answers of the young people.
“Matisse argues here that a painting does not have to depict emotion in order to express emotion. What does Matisse mean by expression in art?”
“Time is the great physician. Discuss”
“To what extent do you think the community should be able to restrict individual freedoms in the interest of long-term benefits?”
These answers likely come 13+ examinations and grillings, rather than entrance papers.
Those questions are from scholarship entrance appears to public schools. They are designed simply to mark the better candidates, and they are not easy. The papers include sections of Latin by Caesar, logic puzzles, nineteenth-century poets, all requiring analysis and comprehension.
There are few potential students who will take these papers, but the point is that if preparatory schools teach some of the pupils to answer such sophisticated and in dept questions at age 12-13, then it is no wonder that they will go on to universities.
The problem arises when incentive is added for independent preparatory schools to pull kids from standard-level classes to higher levels. Placement at public schools are harder to attain, and scholarships are more competitive, while it is necessary that school fees ever-climb out of the reach of many.
The incentive is lacking within the state system. Many children move on to their secondary schooling at age 11, and are never truly challenged up to the GCSE exams. The problem is that papers for the 13+ and the GCSE papers is quite substantial. The former are considered by many to be harder than the latter.
The world is not a fair place that 13 year-olds within private schools can argue the parsing of Hobbes' theory, and their equivalent in the state sector tend to consider Hobbes as a cartoon tiger that follows a young boy throughout comics.
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