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Examination is the best way to test academic excellence among studemts

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Started: 1/8/2016 Category: Education
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Resolved "examination is the best way to test academic excellence among students"
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second round- state points with rebuttals
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There are many ways that examination is not the best way to test academic excellence among students. Some ways include simply sharing ideas, observing students and letting them learn what they want to learn. I'm just going to write about how these ways may be more accurate when it comes to testing academic excellence.
First of all, simply sharing ideas can be a productive way to learn another's imaginative abilities. These ideas are often neglected in examinations, or are often limited to a certain topic. An environment where imaginative skills and reflection is encouraged, may bring out the intelligence in students, who don't always do the best in examinations. Such discussions can enhance the effect of creative intelligence, rather than the type of intelligence that is encouraged in a specific examination. Also, simply sharing ideas, can create a more light-hearted atmosphere, so more reserved and aloof students, may bring their ideas to discussion. Carefree ways of testing academic intelligence, can reduce stress, and can make students more relaxed when it comes to confidence.
Secondly, observing students can be the most natural expression of intelligence. If you just observe a student and what kind of work they do in class, can give you a more accurate impression of day-day intelligence. There are some kids in class who study hard just for the examination, and simply stay laid back everyday in class. Some others, participate more in class, and are more engaged, then just people who hope to get good results. In this way, observing students can let you find the students that are actually intelligent, rather than the students that hope to get good marks. In this case, students who are more actively existing, as if they reflect from the class, and who don't just memorize, are noticed, which is often a real factor of intelligence.
Another way would be letting students learn what they want to learn. If you give a variety of academic choices to choose from, students are more likely to find something to learn, that they are actually interested in. If they are actually interested in a certain topic, they are more likely to try their best, so this would be a tracking of their maximum effort. The maximum effort of a student, would be their highest point of intelligence. In this case, you'd almost find a statistic representation of who is more academically proficient, and who isn't. In this way, academic excellence can be easily noticed.
Overall, these are some ways that may do better at noticing academic excellence among students, compared to examination.
Debate Round No. 1


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Clearly my opponent doesn't understand the definition of academic excellence. This simply refers to the progress of students in terms of knowledge acquired on books rather than on practical skills and experience. Resolved
Academic excellence and intelligence are not the same thing. Academic excellence and intelligence are not straightforward measurements. Clearly, there is no defined way to test the full scope of knowledge of an individual.
students need to be grouped based on the knowledge they posses so they wouldn't find themselves in unsuited environment and wouldn't be able to study properly. And clearly, there is no other best way to test the knowledge of students based on knowledge acquired on books than the term 'Examination'.
Examination is the best because of the reasons; its formality,
the idea that it enables students determine their strength and weaknesses and also work hard towards great success, it puts the right people in the right place and lastly it does the work of testing academic excellence.
Doubts might exist because of the idea that students cheat during examination and thus their academic intelligence is not being correctly tested. Hypothetically speaking, a TV set lies on the street and gets stolen. Do we blame the TV set for the theft or the condition in which it is in 'lying on the street' that caused the theft.
The fact that students might cheat doesn't change the fact that examinations are set to test academic students, blame the conditions of the activity.
The idea that examination Induces fear on students and so they are not able to produce their full ability with profound insight, pressure cant be dodged fully. This state trains students for future purposes, It is clear that some on those reading this who have Jobs are given fixed time to produce certain results, so in a way, examination trains students for the days work. Thus rebutting cheating and pressure or uneasiness.
The idea that examination helps students work harder towards greater success is right.
In 2014, out of the 800 students from Presby Boys high school in Ghana who took part in the West African Examination, only 8 students got an A in English.
After careful study, the council found out that students communicated mostly in their local dialect and 'broken English' which had an adverse results on them.
After this encouragement, students adopted English as a common language and in 2015, there was a 70% pass in English Language with about 612 students scoring A.
That's the benefit of examination.....
Secondly the fact that Examination has been adopted all over the world for testing academic excellence is also a reason, trust me, the facts are the reasons.
Resolved, Examination is the best way to test academic excellence among students.
Thank you...


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Debate Round No. 2


I'll resolve my opponent has nothing to say.

Finally, for examination to be the best, compared to every other means, the advantages stupendously outweigh the disadvantages. And this criteria is surely exhibited,
My opponent mentioned that sharing Ideas and observing students could help test their knowledge based on knowledge acquired from books.
that's impossible but I wouldn't claim my opponent is myopic since his definition of academic excellence is undefined and keeps hitting towards intelligence. Both things are different.
Resolved, Examination is the best way to test academic excellence among students

Thank you.


My opponent has stated that academic excellence is "knowledge acquired on books rather than on practical skills and experience". Clearly, my opponent doesn't understand that you can get ideas from books. Various genres of books exist. As my opponent may respond by stating, "Not all genres of books have to do with academics. Textbooks are the books that do with academics." I here have to mention that there are a variety of subjects that have to do with academics. This debate never mentioned what level of learning, or what subjects they are including in academics. Most people would limit themselves to math, science, English, geography and history. There are many more subjects that have to do with academics. Foreign language is one of the subjects that enhances creativity or knowledge about culture, which can vary from knowledge about history, traditions, food, or future about a culture related to the language. In this way examination may not assess all sides of knowledge that a foreign language, categorised within academics has to offer. Many examinations will have a one sided approach. If the foreign language was Japanese, many examinations will simply focus on verbs and grammar. Observing students' everyday participation in class, will give you an overview of Japanese speaking, grammar, information about culture, history, karate, and other knowledge they have remembered since Japanese class. This doesn't necessarily associate with intelligence, because knowing history about Japan isn't necessarily going to help you in the future, or give you any ideas alone. But you can get ideas if you perceive the information in such a way. This is academic intelligence, it has nothing to do with experience, as the information which was perceived was gotten from a textbook. So in such a case, this type of observing may provide you a more accurate display of students' academic excellence.
Secondly, my opponent thinks that simply having good academic intelligence can give you success. Forgetting EQ won't do. You can't achieve success if you don't know how to show your ideas. Observing participation in a class, will train students for success in a way which will solve possible future issues. IQ alone won't help. As concluded, again observing participation in class, creative intelligence, and letting students learn what they want to learn, also known as "electives", will do much more for students' future success than any examination.
It's not that the students might cheat. Students overall may get nervous before an academic examination, since it's called an examination. If a person knows that someone is watching them, the person mentally would be stressed out, and therefore won't be able to focus. If a person doesn't know that they are occasionally watched, their true attitude towards work will be revealed, and the more responsible people would present their 100% potential work to the desk. This means, instead of stressing students out for reasonable work, letting them relax and observing them, would help them do better work. Kind of how they have created a new system to kill cows for beef. The cows are calm, as they are lead, until they drown. It's a stress-free death with less rambunctious cows. This way of killing cows for beef, is easier for the cows, and others. So that clears how scaring the students has strongly negative effects.
For what happened in Ghana, if you'd just observe the students everyday, you'd be able to easily infer that they don't have great communication skills and most of them have lower level English based on standards. Overall, there are many other ways to test academic excellence, than the competent, and brain-wrecking way, called examination.
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