Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts - Longwood University

and Caroline Bird, both have their own perspective on our education system. Based on their essays, Examsmanship And The Liberal Arts: A Study In Educational Epistemology and College Is A Waste Of Time And Money written by the authors above respectively, views ranging from one end to the other end of the scale were found. Although there is a huge contradiction between Bird and Perry's idea, there are some thoughts in their essay that supports each other's ideas. Certain parts of Perry's and Bird's essay sees eye to eye on college does not prepare students for the job industry.

The majority of students feel that going through college did not help prepare them for their job. In one of Bird's interview she "listened to a 1970 Mount Holyoke graduate: .When I got out I made up my mind that I wasn't going to school anymore because so many of my courses had been bull*censored*"(465). They go to college expecting to learn a lot about the career they are interested in but instead they end up taking a bunch of classes that don't really have anything to do with their career choice. Then when they actually go and try to get a job in their field they find out that their college diploma is not really helping them get the job. Most of the time they learn how things work, kind of like on the job training and they really don't use much from what they learned in college. Many college students would feel that college is a waste of money because they do not learn what they want to. Instead they have to take classes that have close to nothing to do with their major but !.

are only taking these classes in order to fulfill a general educational requirement which is just a waste of time. Why bother when these extra times could be spent on classes within their major. Not only that, while taking these classes is a student do bad in it, will bring down his or her overall GPA, which is really important for their major.

William G. Perry, Jr.,

I would like to begin with what may be the most notoriousassessment story of all time. It has been preserved for us byWilliam G. Perry, Jr., who considered the case in a 1963 essayentitled "Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts: A Study in EducationalEpistemology." The case concerns a Harvard undergraduate who hascome down to us only as "the Abominable Mr. Metzger '47." Thepseudonymous Mr. Metzger, a junior math student, happened to meet afriend who was just about to sit for a test in Harvard's GreatHall. At this point I pick up Perry's narration.


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Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts: A Study in Educational Epistemology -- William G. Perry Jr.

Education is not simply learning things; it is learning to learn things. In his classic essay “Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts” William G. Perry Jr. of Harvard University in 1963, using a mix of anecdote and analysis, humor and seriousness, considers the different kinds of answers students tend to give on exams and how they reflect on different kinds and ways of thinking. Perry Jr. categorizes, questions, and attacks the academic arrogance that surrounds the age-old learning style of curriculum based instruction that is used throughout school systems. He uses key terms such as bull and cow. Besides, he uses emotive language that makes the essay rich of knowledge.