In response to the Dec. 12 Valley Voices article by Megan Bronson about eliminating final exams, I would like to respond to a few of her critiques.
▪ “We have been taught how to be tested, not how to learn.” You will have to have to ability to read, understand, and remember (not regurgitate) company policy, industry standards and product specifications.
▪ “Final exams are one of the last vestiges of a dying educational system.” Not if you want to be a nurse, contractor, truck driver, emergency medical technician, or any other field that requires a professional license.
▪ “We will not be asked to study weeks ahead of time.” The contractors bidding on large projects most certainly have studied for weeks ahead of time, and have a plethora of codes, specifications, environmental reports, etc. and they must be in compliance.
You can graduate with a 75 percent grade, but in the real world, 100 percent is the only passing grade. What if you bought four tires and three of them on that car were the correct ones (75 percent accuracy) and one that was the same size, but a different brand? Would you really pay for the tires without having them change the odd tire to match the rest?
David Lance, Tulare