Or just exams in general. Is there anything else more universally hated? I’ve met few students in my lifetime, neither when I was a kid, nor when I was in college and certainly now that I teach who haven’t hated exams. Students may think they hate exams, but really, their hatred of them can’t compare to most teachers. I despise them. The administrators try their level best to stress teachers to the max over these basically meaningless tests. They try to make us pass this overwhelming stress to our students – but I flatly refuse to do that.
I’ve taught these kids all year. I know from the small test I give, and mostly, from the discussions in class, that they have grown and learned. Isn’t this much more meaningful that one super stress filled test? Give these final exams if you like, but don’t make it the end all be all of education. Just see it as one small assessment of what they've learned.
We begin exams next week. Hold a good thought for students everywhere and if you have kids taking them, tell them to relax, they’ll do fine. And then whisper all the answers into their pencils – I’ll give you a hint, the answer is A, B, C or D. All they have to do is put them in order.