I do not agree that the "A" levels is necessarily a good gauge of university applicants' capability and potential. A competitive environment is not necessarily a bad thing. But what is the competition about? Cramming ability or the ability of children's family to pay for "enrichment" tuition?edtan wrote:Because there is an entry requirement into the university, we have "A" level. It is because of "A" level, we need to make sure our kids do well in their exam and get to a decent course of choice. Because of all these, we need to have a competitive environment to put them into test.
An iron sharpens another iron. I can't imagine a wood sharpens an iron but I don't mind a diamond sharpens an iron.
We can talk about iron sharpening another iron etc. But if we concentrate too much on tempering iron, we may forget how to steel and titanium etc, which are superior to iron in terms of strength.