Exam season - look for the positives not the negatives

One of the positive aspects of yesterday's TeachMeet GeographyIcons event (have I mentioned that I was a keynote speaker) was the approach of several speakers to the recent examination season.
I was certainly aware of many aspects of the last five weeks as my son was one of the students sitting the papers. As the time came for each paper to end, I was scanning the hashtags e.g. #edexcelgeography to see what the students thought of the papers (teachers wouldn't be tweeting about them for another day or so)

Jo Debens and Michael Chiles have both been involved in examining this year, marking papers, and also in a Chief Examiner's role. They both talked about the potential for the new exams to create better geographers, and Phil Jones in his academic keynote (of which more later) talked about the benefits of the NEA, as it meant that students would start arriving as undergraduates already having some experience of independent studies and enquiry.
Their presentations will be appearing on the TMGeographyIcons website in the next few days.

This BBC article appeared on the same day, and I noticed that Alan Kinder quickly saw it too, and suggested that this was not a good quality of journalism, to turn the comment of one student (who did an indeterminate amount of revision) and made it into the headline of a piece on the BBC website.

More lazy geography-bashing of the kind that led to our Give Geography its Place campaign over a decade ago...

Looking at the piece now though, it has a different headline when looked at on mobile devices once it is clicked on... 

Image: Copyright BBC News