As we know that the examination system has come to be the main theme of modern education. Every one from his early child-hood should take endless examinations and succeed in passing them, before he could graduate from a college or university. As much importance has been attached to it in school education, it has been subjected to mounting criticism as to its validity. People in favor of it praise this system to great extent; and those oppos-ing to it maintain that such a system should be abolished.
A lot of people think that the examination system should be abolished. In the first place, because of the existence of the exami-nation system, students go out for gaining high marks so that they often forget the main purpose of education. Many so-called "clever" students are nothing but bookworms who merely know the skeleton of knowledge. The aim of education is to enable stu-dents to learn how to live, how to work, and how to contribute to the country with their expertise. To do this, the students must re-ceive training, in physical as well as mental areas. But the present examination system has discouraged students from making such an attempt.
Furthermore, since the students try so hard to memorize, in a short period of time, as much as possible, psychologically, they will forget the whole subject as soon as the exam is over. Surely, this is one of the greatest wastes ever made in the history of hu-man civilization.
I do have the same opinions as those people do. But I do not agree with them that the examination system should be abol-ished. Let's clarify some things first. Take Thomas Edison and Marie Curie for instance. Edison stayed at school for only three months when he was young. Because he always asked strange questions that his teachers thought he was a fool. So they sent him away from school. Little poor Tom had to teach himself to learn. But he made more than 2,000 inventions years later. Marie Curie went to Paris to study when she was young. She got first degree in Physics after two years arriving in Paris. Then she dis-covered Radium and Polonium. And she was given two Nobel Prizes for her determination. She was the first woman who got two Nobel Prizes during that time. Today she is remembered and admired not only as a famous scientist, but also for her determina-tion and courage, her willingness to share her knowledge with the whole scientific world, her interest in woman's rights, and her medical service during the war. Did they succeed because of hav-ing no exam system? No, absolutely not! First of all, they had a great interest in learning. And then, they work very hard toward this purpose. That is what I firmly believe. There are many more great people like this, such as Hua Luogeng, Chen Jingrun, etc.