Oh this is so good! A topic so close to my heart. I argue on either side, on every side of every educational system. Being a educator and an eternal student myself in multiple countries and have students from all over the world, I have seen or discussed a lot of different educational systems...
A certain exam would decide whether the student will go on taking higher education
I hate this myself. I absolutely do not judge anyone by their academic degrees or how well they did in exams. You have several good examples in BDC already :) and we have discussed them in the past.
I have seen all possible kinds. People did phenomenal in the exam, but couldn't do well later on. People did terribly in the exams, turned out to be massively succesful (in the same subject) later on. Talented student did terribly on an exam for a mundane reason, and totally lost their way in life..... I have seen it all... multiple cases too. I don't know how do I feel about it anymore...
Do I like exams?
Do I hate exams?
Is there any benefit to them?
My answer to all these questions in YES. Which makes it very confusing. It just depends on the situation. It is just one of those numeous variables that complicated out lives. I just don't judge people on them.
Teachers : I have been through the same education system that you have been through as a kid. And yes. I got my share of beating. Probably got about 2X of yours (guessing). My biology teacher liked to pull my ears to show the class every day that how living beings react to pain. You know what, I actually miss him. I now realized that he was not sadist or anything. Because later on I have seen sadist people...It was just his way of teaching, albeit ineffective, but I learned from him too. I have been very fortunate with teachers. Even the ones I have hated during those days. I somehow connect to them today. I feel, if they have been able to teach just one thing to me... that is probably a net gain?
I don't know. I am biased towards teachers.
The other day, I went to pick up my older. Her school is also a school for economically disadvantaged and severely learning impared and ill students. Also a school of mentally disabled, hearing impared and visually impared kids. The model for this school (this is a public school) is to treat every kids the same way. Have them sit and get taught in the same class, as much as possible. So when I when to pick my daughter up from school (they are doing in person school for about a month now), I met her art teacher, miss Thelander, a nice young kid! She was embarrassed to meet me, saying her art class was first thing in the morning during the online school days, and how kids hated it. I told her... those are the day... my daughter woke up early to be ready for the class most easily... and looked forward to her class. I said, her class makes our life a little bit better every time she teaches.
The young lady, the young teacher, was so moved by these words, that she started crying.
I don't know Amor. I am very confused. But this is a topic very close to my heart.