A NSW Principal has suggested a modern way to add more “depth” to the HSC.
Shane Hogan, the principal of Kambala in Rose Bay, has voiced his support for students being allowed to use the internet and search engines such as Google on mobile devices while they sit their final HSC exams.
Mr Hogan thinks changing the way students sit the exam could add more “depth” to their learning, saying many enter exams having memorised entire essays, reports News.com.au.
He says the test has become outdated and has little to do with the real world.
“You have to think historically about the HSC and what it was designed to do,” Mr Hogan told Ben Fordham on 2GB radio on Friday.
He explained the HSC, originally introduced in 1967, was designed for school leavers who were hoping to enter university.
Students are now required to stay at school until they are at least 16 or 17 years old and school leavers are required to engage in training. Three-quarters of students remain at school throughout the HSC.
But the principal said the current system has been reduced to a “memory test” with students entering exam rooms having rote learned entire essays.
Mr Hogan said the reality of “today is that we all grab our phone as soon as we’re asked a question”.
“If we’re gonna test the kids let them use the tools that they will really use when they’re out in the workplace.”
He makes a great point don’t you think?
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