This week thousands of young Chileans surrendered University Selection Test, evaluations that determine the entry of students into Higher Education.
Because this test was carried out in 2003, many questioned its effectiveness. One of these critics is astronomer José Maza, who said that "As bad as more than one person can do. Measure certain skills, don't measure others."
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"PSU is the focus of all schools and unfortunately secondary schools in Chile are & # 39; PSUsó & # 39 ;, which means everything is placed in the function of the PSU. What goes into the PSU is good, what doesn't go, namely being a good person, reading poetry, listening to beautiful music is not in accordance with the PSU, so there is no reason to teach it at school"Astrophysical comments to La Tercera.
At this point, he added that everything taught at school was for the PSU. "In that sense guilt does not have pigs, but those who give bran"
Maza also expressed concern about differences in national scores between men and women: "Chile has a big debt in women's education. Women are very talented and we don't educate them. Why, I don't know, but the numbers show that women's performance in PSU is far worse than men's performance. "
He also teaches and the 1999 Exact National Science Award argues that there must be a quality technical education institution: "University is not for everyone (…) A doctor, a man whose life at a certain moment will be in his hands, we want him to be a rooster with very complete knowledge and that Be a smart person and know how to solve a situation. We want doctors to be truly the best of us. "
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"Chile, to get out of retardation must get out of mediocrity. Chile can't be a country where you put a beer cap on it so the table doesn't work, " Maza concluded.