multiple non-british people replying to this with "source?": this is happening in the uk, it was yesterday's biggest story, most british people know someone who was affected or someone whose child was affected, because all final year students sit the same exams. since students couldnt sit exams this year, the government took their grades at mock exams and the grades their teachers predicted for them, and fed it through an algorithm that marked people down for being poor
aaaaaand they just reversed it. Good work everybody!
in retrospect, its very funny that they exposed that the algorithm was literally only introduced to punish disadvantaged students by confirming that it was unnecessary. It is also a very predictable attempt at using the opportunity to worsen inequality. And its failure is even more predictable, because most British parents would commit several murders to get their kids' A level marks raised
@garfiald fucking WHAT
@rigatonimonster very normal country
@garfiald In what fucked up reality was this better than just canceling the exams? Or at least delaying them. I mean shit ain't perfect but almost everyone took their exams remote this year in the US. I'm almost shocked my country didn't do this shit with silicon valley just salivating at the idea of permanent virtual classrooms.
@radicalrobit they did cancel the exams, the point was the students needed to be given grades in order to determine which unis they're going to next month
@garfiald Sorry I meant cancel as in like...don't give them these algorithmically produced grades.
is there a reason the UK didn't go full on virtual like a lot of other countries?
@radicalrobit i honestly have no idea
@garfiald I'm so sorry this shit's happening garf. this is straight up one of the most blatantly heinous things I've ever seen. Whose ever idea this was needs to be launched into the middle of the atlantic from a fucking cannon.
@citc I wouldn't know
@radicalrobit @citc for the most part the US has been a lot less centralized about these things, not just re: covid but in general. Each University and often each college within a university has decided to handle things differently, so students are advised to ask the admission department what they'll be doing. Many schools have accepted that standardized tests were borderline bullshit without the quarantine chaos, so are disregarding scores. Others are saying that but still using scores.
@garfiald how about making it so that challenging your assigned grade can potentially cost hundreds of pounds? Thatcher could only dream about this level of class war
@garfiald I don't know if this is related to this fiasco but yesterday in a convo about this on a discord someone mentioned having had to pay the school to get their kid's GCSE regraded? wtf?
@garfiald do you think there is a chance that this can be rectified?
@ksynwa how the appeal process will play out is itself more or less unknown at this stage
@garfiald most people aren't in the UK
@kragen yeah, but personally, when i see a post referencing news i dont recognise, i usually click on the thread to see if the other posts in the thread will provide further context. if the multiple people who replied assuming i was talking about something going on in their own country had done the same thing, they would have easily been able to deduce that i was talking about british exams
@garfiald I feel like people assuming that random posts pertain to things in their own country is kind of the same phenomenon as people assuming that whoever reads what they say will have heard about the local news they're writing about. in the US they call it "American Exceptionalism" but I don't think there's a term for it in the UK
@garfiald just saw someone got Spanish graded down from an A* to a B despite being a native Spanish speaker. damn scandalous
Recommend to read the interim report before making dubious assertions.
@citc All it has told me is that the way the system was designed penalised disadvantaged students, which is why disadvantaged students were penalised.
@citc @garfiald You're aware that when there are "English" classes in schools within the Anglosphere, those are generally courses on English lit and established writing styles, as opposed to a course intending to teach how to speak a second language? You're going to play devil's advocate for an algorithm that grades work that doesn't actually exist, which will make people undergo the consequences for something they didn't do. Recommend to think about that for a moment before replying.
eh @Sylvhem, ça me fait penser à qui a le plus de chances d'être admis.e en prépa. Si tu as des bonnes notes dans un "bon" lycée, tu as plus de chances d'entrer qu'avec les mêmes notes dans un "mauvais" (sans parler du fait que dans ton bon lycée on t'aura parlé de l'existence des prépas)
@kincat C’est vrai aussi !
@garfiald MC FUCKING SCUSE ME?!?!?! whoever is responsible will feel my fucking wrath
@garfiald clearly they saw my post saying 'if you're going to revise my grade.... at least fuck my ass!!' and reconsidered
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