Debate of May 14, 1896.Question: "Resolved, That a system of hour examinations at stated periods be substitutes for the mid-years and finals.
Brief for the Affirmative.S. HECKSCHER and W. F. WILBOUR.
I. Present method undesirable: (I). Not a satisfactory test of knowledge.- (a) Too large a field covered by one examination.- (x) Impossible thoroughly to test whole subject.- (b) Too great an element of chance involved.- (x) "Good luck" often a factor.- (y) External conditions unduly influential.- (1) Occasional indisposition of student. (2) Frequent excessive heat of final period.- (c) Men often fail to show their real knowledge.- (x) Owing to nervousness caused by issue at stake on one examination.- (3) Evil results upon students.- (a) Mental and physical strain.- (b) Moral relaxation.- (c) Encourages practice of "cramming."- (x) A knowledge sufficient to pass the examination quickly acquired and as quickly forgotten.- (2) Involves a great waste of time.- (b) Term virtually suspended for four weeks.- (a) Many days of idleness and inactivity during the period.
II. The proposed system would be a marked improvement.- (1) A nearer approach to accuracy in testing knowledge.- (a) Work of year examined more thoroughly.- (x) Each month re-
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