发信人: Mayingba (马英八：我弟弟天天做早操), 信区: Chemistry
标 题: Chinese school examination papers online to encourage science standards debate
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Tue Jun 30 10:22:47 2009, 北京)
19 June 2009
Today, for the first time in the UK, full examination papers in chemistry
and mathematics set for 16-year-old school pupils in the People's Republic
of China are to published in English and made widely available.
The Royal Society of Chemistry has succeeded, through its recently-
established network in China, in getting hold of examination papers in
chemistry and mathematics, taken last year by pupils in China studying at
the same stage as England's GCSE students.
The RSC arranged for the papers to be translated and is posting them on its
website, inviting comment from the education establishment, businesses and
the general public.
The 46,000-member society gained access to the two papers in the wake of
growing concerns in England about falling standards in science GCSE, and the
diminishing application of mathematics in science teaching, particularly in
Since the publicity about the erosion of standards in science GCSEs a range
of at least five separate task forces, from industry, government agencies,
political parties and the government itself have been trying to address the
problem, to ensure this country has the right skills for the future.
Paradoxically, the Department of Children Families and Schools is not
directly leading such investigations, but just recently acknowledged for the
first time that science examinations were not demanding enough, after years
of 'celebrating' what has been trumpeted as ever-increasing standards.
Dr Richard Pike, RSC chief executive, said today: "Our view is that the
Chinese chemistry paper is more interesting and demanding than our own GCSE
papers. But we are asking people to look at the questions, and those in the
mathematics paper, and to let us know via our blog whether or not they agree
"In China there is a tremendous rush by the young to take up science,
mathematics and engineering courses and this explosion of interest is
driving the country forward. We need to rediscover our enthusiasm for these
subjects and make courses more exciting, and from that will flow greater
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