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February 11, 2002
Burlington students fretting over midterms
By Jacqui Moreau
said that the sum of the forces
equals the mass of the object times
of the object. No … that's not
right. Hobbes said that."
for midterms can be tiring and stressful.
others justify universal administration of midterms and say students would be at
a disadvantage in college without having had exposure to such testing
school systems like
and finals are currently mandatory for all Lewis S. Mills students.
don't think that we should have midterms," said Britney Benedict, a
sophomore at the school. "A final represents what you learn throughout the
asked, Benedict said that she would work harder if an 'A' average would exempt
her from midterms.
is no way that 20 percent of an English grade should be determined by a
midterm," said Paul Bentley, a teacher in the English department.
"We're about reading and writing on a daily basis. The good student has
nothing to gain from midterms, and the poor student has everything to
freshmen have recognized the dilemma.
a lot of last-minute studying," said freshman Ashley Coville. "There
should only be midterms in some classes to get us ready for college.
you could get exempt from all but two subjects," she said.
in history, a subject centered around retention of factual knowledge, teacher
Arthur Symonds said he is "against a midterm or final exemption
said he might make an exception for second semester seniors.
need the experience of putting together material and synthesizing it for
college," Symonds said.
Robin Sorenson said she doesn't support
said students need the experience of applying and integrating what they've
learned over long periods of
Sorenson said midterms and finals are increasingly application-based as opposed
to a strictly
the science department, labs were conducted prior to exam day, and part of the
test required analysis of the results. Foreign language midterms incorporated
grades from extended listening activities done prior to the two-hour test
final exemption policy applying only to seniors with an 'A' average "can be
used in the right place at the right time," Sorenson said.
a policy may motivate students to work harder in
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