well mrs baker you'll be pleased to hear that george has made a dramatic improvement in geography

Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to lớn indicate the correct answer to lớn each of the questions from 29 to lớn 35.

Do you think education is better now phàn nàn it was in your grandparents’ time? Many older people in the UK believe the opposite. “Schools were better in our day,” they complain. “There isn’t enough discipline these days. Kids don’t work as hard as we did, either. The syllabus isn’t as challenging, sánh clever students aren’t being stretched enough. They need to lớn study things in greater depth. Exams are much, much easier now as well.”

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Were schools better years ago? Some British teenagers travelled back in time to lớn a 1950s boarding school. They got a big surprise! The first shock came when the teenagers met their new teachers. Dressed in traditional đen sì gowns, they look sánh frosty and uncaring! They were really authoritarian, too, sánh anyone caught breaking the rules – talking in classes, mucking about in the playground or playing truant – was in big trouble! Punishments included writing ‘lines, or staying after class to lớn vì thế detention. The naughtiest kids were expelled.

Things were just as bad after class. At meal times the students had to lớn endure a diet of plain, no-nonsense, healthy food. Homework was obligatory and it took ages! Copying essays off the Internet wasn’t an option, as personal computers didn’t exist in the 1950s!

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At the over of ‘term’ everyone sat 1950s-style exams. The old exams were much longer phàn nàn their twenty- first century equivalents and involved learning huge amounts of facts by heart. History papers were all dates and battles. Math’s papers were trickier, too; calculators weren’t around in the 1950s, sánh the students had to lớn memorize multiplication tables and master long division. Our candidates found this really difficult.

The exam results surprised a lot of people. Students predicted to lớn vì thế well in their real-life, twenty-first century exams often got low grades in the 1950s exams. Does this prove modern exams are too easy? Do twenty-first century kids rely too much on modem technology, lượt thích calculators and computers? The TV series' That'll teach ‘me! focused on a 1960s vocational school. UK school-kids study a range of academic subjects these days. But in the 1960s, children judged to lớn be less ‘able’ went to lớn vocational schools. These helped them learn job skills. Boys studied subjects lượt thích metalwork, woodwork or gardening. In some classes, they even learned how to lớn milk goats! The girls’ timetables included secretarial skills. They also learned to lớn cook, clean and sew – probably not much fun for most girls.

What criticism is sometimes made about modern education in the first paragraph?