I'm good at exams, but I hate them. Partially because the people who make them are stupid.
In my country, everything is dictated by exams. All state workers are chosen by exams. Lawyers can't be lawyers until they pass an exam. Oh, they want to stipulate that for doctors, too. I HATE THAT.
Another reason for my decline is that the exams at college didn't reward effort. I studied a lot and my 10 (A in your case) was worth the same as the guy who did the minimum possible. Aggregating something to classes wasn't necessary. That, combined with teachers who give grades according to their mood, made me give up on trying to score good grades at university.
So I totally get what you're saying.
Another problem is that, because of this overreliance on exams, there are a lot of private courses which focus on these exams only. They cost a lot of money. So they create an industry of courses and their owners become rich as a result.
Thanks for explanation, that was refreshing. The grail got tainted because the Einzberns summoned a servant in one of the early wars that was a servant upon which all the evil wishes of mankind were imprinted, and he was weak so he was defeated easily and sucked into the grail, but, since the grail grants wishes, and he was the embodiment of bad wishes, the grail was tainted and doomed to serve only the evil in the world. Which is why the grail becomes evil energy and corrupts Kotomine and Gilgamesh at the end of Fate/Zero.
Yeah I love it.
In my case my degree was worth squat because here in Brazil to work as lawyer you need to take YET another exam to evaluate your knowledge. It was pretty annoying and I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown before learning I passed, since I didn't want to have to study stuff all over again.
Public university is free but funded by taxes.
I was so lucky the local Animax channel decided to broadcast FSN on a whim before going down, without it I wouldn't know about the Nasuverse today and possibly wouldn't even have started writing my book, or the book would've been completely different.
I'm very sorry for not answering in time. I just found out I posted my answer in my own profile, not yours. My apologies.
Actually in my experience I've found the opposite. It seems to me that schools are giving up memorization in favor of giving the students the ability to understand and rebuild the codes they learn, as well as possibly creating something anew.
However, I won't say you aren't right. Recently, high schools in my country have resumed the teaching of philosophy, but it's still like what you said it is, they feed the student with info on a one-way route and make him/her sit exams. I'm good at exams, but I've always found I was lacking in certain other areas, because, really, most exams have rigged questions. An exam master isn't a master of wisdom. In terms of examination, my country is still behind the developed world, because we use exams for EVERYTHING.
I'm writing a novel and much of it is influenced by the Nasuverse. I actually thought the explanation of the fundamentals of the Holy Grail War was quite complex in the VN. I don't remember most of it, though, because it's been four years since I read it.
Why is college a heated subject for you? You can write in PM if it's something delicate.
I GMed a guild that was pretty tight for a while, but everybody ended up moving on and it kind of just died. We had some good times, though. There wasn't ever any drama or anything because I always put a stop to it if there was.