Monday, July 07, 2008

London student gets credit for swearing with correct spelling

Mind boggling - British Student Writes Nothing but Expletive on Exam, Gets Credit for Spelling:

A British high school student received credit for writing nothing but a two-word obscenity on an exam paper because the phrase expressed meaning and was spelled correctly.
The Times newspaper on Monday quoted examiner Peter Buckroyd as saying he gave the student — who wrote an expletive starting with f, followed by the word "off" — two points out of a possible 27 for the English paper.

"It would be wicked to give it zero because it does show some very basic skills we are looking for, like conveying some meaning and some spelling," Buckroyd was quoted as saying.
"It's better than someone that doesn't write anything at all."
Buckroyd said the student would have received a higher mark if the phrase had been punctuated.


I don't understand how a school can allow students to be so disrespectful.

(Hat tip: Best of the Web)

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Robert M. Lindsey said...

I don't understand how writing that is better than writing nothing.

Dawn said...

[Over at Why Homeschool there's a post on a story I've been seeing around lately on:]

Respectfully, I think you all are getting it wrong. Keep in mind the dry British sense of humour and this story takes on a whole different light. More at my blog. :D

Henry Cate said...

Dawn, I hope that is what the examiner was doing.