Originally Posted by quotes
I wouldn't exactly call this a debate, but to an extent..it could be. but me personally I feel the concept of exams is quite ghey as all we're being tested on is what we remember; memory. I remember a friend of mine saying "a not so clever person (academically) could easily revise everything they've been taught and remember it, get an A but that wouldn't actually make them smart" and I agree.
quite fed up of education itself to be honest, too many things that don't make sense to me
You do have a point. To a certain extent, exams (especially at GCSE) are all about memorising a set of information, regurgitating it int he exam, and then forgetting it so the next lot can be memorised.
Even though it has its faults, I believe coursework is a valid form of examination, because it tests your ability to apply information, rather than just remember it.
Of course, in real life, the important skill is being able to remember certain facts and then appropriately apply these to the situation that you are in. Therefore, a combination of coursework and exams is best