The Alumnus Volume 1

The Alumnus Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... finding out what was not known before? This being the case, why burden a pupil with "final" examinations to ascertain what was known as well before as after the examination was held? What teacher, worthy of the name, does not know at the end of the term just which students do or do not deserve promotion? If the teacher remembers his duty, he will find at every recitation ample opportunities for ascertaining the real strength or weakness of his pupils. No special examination can be a necessity. Each day should be completely and truly a day of preparation, each recitation a critique of a student's knowledge, and he should always be made to feel this. In this manner far more reliable results may be obtained. The objections to examinations being many, space permits us to state only a few. They may be carried on with false motive: Some examinations are catch ones, capable of being answered only by those having petty readiness or who happen to have read on the special little topic of the query. The object of an examiner should always be to find out how much a man knows, not the few things he may not know. When this principle is ignored, the puzzled student is lead to believe that his examiner has been looking up abstruse questions from obscure corners expressly for his confusion, thus engendering a feeling of injustice. Again, they may be fitted and intended to show the ingenuity and skill of the teacher and not to ascertain the reading and thought of the student. This being the intention of the examiner, we can readily imagine the benefit the student will derive. Not only will this be a non-entity, but the student himself may lose the respect otherwise due his instructor. Examinations as now conducted give very little encouragement...
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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236833252
  • 9781236833259