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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Education is no longer designed to teach.

"Never did get the point of 'American' style exams, such as the IT Qualification type, where you learn a 'volume' of text and gain marks for repeating it back 'word for word'."

In South Africa in the 1970s the Afrikaans language schools obtained very good grades in examinations. The English language schools fared less well.

In the IT industry it was noticeable that those who had gone to Afrikaans schools were often poor at lateral thinking in problem solving. The English school people were much better at it.

It was explained that the Afrikaans schools concentrated on teaching a given answer to a set question. Their pupils were ok if they recognised the question - but lost if it was paraphrased or an unknown variant. The English schools gave a more rounded approach to the subjects.

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