How can a standardized exam be a a true and appropriate indication of every students' ability to retain the knowledge taught for the exam?
Some students have photographic memories, some students are amazing with memorization, some students can study for weeks and not understand anything, some students learn so much better with the hands on approach, others do better by simply reading.
Every person is unique in their own way and that's what makes us human, so how can educators expect standard exams to be the best possible indication of an individual's ability to retain knowledge?
Exams cant gauge how good a person you are, how ready and willing you are to learn and whether you have the ability to inspire those around you.
In an educational sense i think an interview is more important. it allows you to show what kinda of person and therfore what kind of student you will be as well as how smart you are in terms of ability to adapt and solve problems not just memorize answers and theories.
Also throughout history there are many cases of brilliant people who did poorly in school but later in their life they were realy succsessful . For example Albert Einstein
Most of us take Einstein's name as synonymous with genius, but he didn't always show such promise. he did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.
Also Thomas Edison
In his early years, teachers told Edison he was "too stupid to learn anything."
Sometimes school can be more like an endourence contest than an education process and people need space and time to allow the things they learn to thrive. You cant measure...