Across the country, there is growing evidence that final exams — once considered so important that universities named a week after them — are being abandoned or diminished, replaced by take-home tests, papers, projects, or group presentations. Anecdotally, longtime professors say they have been noticing the trend for years. And now, thanks to a recent discussion at Harvard University, there are statistics that make clear just how much the landscape has changed.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
When you give predominantly A's anyway, and you reduce the general education curriculum to mere pablum (or worse, indoctrination) as opposed to actually teaching something, it's no surprise that the idea of giving a final exam would go the way of the dodo: