NSW’s Requisite Sense and Nonsense

This one is old, and older, but it should still be done. First off, a couple weeks ago NESA issued a media release, notifying people that mathematics would continue to be optional in NSW senior high school. This was the new Labor government’s killing off of a 2019 Gladys plan to make senior mathematics compulsory. Why the reversal? Because, as we wrote at the time, the original plan was really, really stupid. Continue reading “NSW’s Requisite Sense and Nonsense”

The Cheese Story, Part Two

In 2015, pre-blog, I was not the dedicated thug that I am today. I had already taken a few potshots at VCAA, but I hadn’t gone in hard. I understood, of course, that VCAA was prone to being arrogant and inept, but I hadn’t yet concluded that they were systemically arrogant and inept. I hadn’t yet realised the magnitude of the target. So, in 2015, when two teachers approached me complaining about a VCE exam question, I handled it differently than I would now. Then, I was polite and patient with VCAA. We all learn.

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Quick Comments on the General Mathematics Exam Error

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Let’s try again:

Sparked by the report in the Herald-Sun, the matrix error (and the who cares “of-of” error) on the General Mathematics Exam 2 has obviously received a lot of attention. This has included apologies from VCAA, from the CEO of VCAA, and from the Minister of Education. It has also led to VCAA announcing that all students would receive the mark for the question.

We haven’t looked at the exam question (or the exam), and so know nothing of the question beyond what commenters have suggested. Even without knowing the details, however, there seem some obvious things to note, or at least they will be obvious for the regulars at this blog and for the similarly disenchanted.

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Secret 2022 Further Business: Exam 1 Discussion

Further Mathematics is not our thing, but it seemed possible that some frequent visitors may want to discuss today’s exam. (We haven’t seen the exam, and don’t plan to seek it out unless something interesting is flagged.)

Have fun.

UDPATE (31/10/22): Exam 2 discussion is here.

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WitCH 77: Road to Nowhere

If nothing else, people can enjoy a great song.

This one puzzled us when we gave the 2021 Further Mathematics Exams a three-minute scan, but we didn’t bother then to think, um, further. Now, however, since graph theory is likely a mandatory part of Specialist 1&2, and thus also, at least technically, a mandatory part of Specialist 3&4, we have thought a little harder. So, after discussions with John Friend and with a colleague who we shall refer to as Professor Combo, here we are.

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Further Exams and Further Errors

By overwhelming demand,* we have decided, much belatedly, to put up a post for discussion of the 2021 Further Mathematics exams. We have no particular plans to update this post, although we will do so if anything of interest arises. We’ll just note the two excerpts below, from Exam 2, the first of which is discussed here, at 5:30. Thanks to Simon and SRK to bringing these to our attention.**

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