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To Test, or not to Test... that's not really the question!

Since it’s exam time at school again, the obvious question of “What’s the point?” has been cropping up from students and teachers alike. I don’t know what the merits and demerits to exams are, per se, but I love this time of term. There is a great deal to be learnt from exam sessions, so that’s what I want to focus on in this post. Here are my “Exam Lessons” (in no particular order…) 1.      People who act dumb are sometimes dumb, but most of the time, they’re only acting dumb for your benefit. I am one of those horrible teachers who seat pupils in the class according to their term marks. Not because I think that stupid people deserve crappier seating (well, at least not completely for that reason… ) but because I feel that pupils who work hard should get the opportunity of sitting with like minded individuals. However, this seating arrangement unfailingly gets two results from my pupils: firstly, they’re shocked to see who actually gets the top marks in class and secondly, those pupil

Human Kindness

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The basic human kindness factor has been slightly overwhelming of late. Tragedy has struck some folks in my near vicinity, and amid the tears and heartache many have felt, the kindness is what has struck me most of all. We expect politically correct sympathy when someone passes, or loses a job, or loses a battle. We expect someone to cry alongside the victims. We expect friends to provide shoulders, quiet listens and tissues. But what is it that obligates us to kindness? Or prevents us from expressing it at all?   There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.  ~Frank Tyger   It takes us out of our comfort zone to be nice to others, even more so when they are bereft. Recently, I have been asked to attend a function in memorial of a group of people who were killed tragically last year. The question begs to be asked: Why? These are people I never met.    An opportunity to meet the