After 200 years, do school exams need to change?

THE way we test school students hasn't really changed for 200 years and it's hurting Australian children's education and job prospects, a Brisbane conference has heard.

Microsoft education industry solutions manager Ray Fleming put forward the fascinating idea at a Brisbane education conference on Tuesday.

"The 21st century exam system (is) the same as the 19th century one," he told Fairfax Media.

"We still give a student a pencil and a piece of paper, tell them to collaborate with nobody, tell them to look up no information and ask them to perform an incredible memory test.

"(It) doesn't represent the way they learn and it doesn't represent the way we would expect them to work."

Do you think school exams need to change?

This poll ended on 30 June 2015.

Current Results

Yes, these exams tell us nothing except that students can memorise information


No, it has worked well enough for us so far


Not sure


Yes, different brains work in different ways. One size fits all doesn't work


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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