“Tomorrow is my exam but I don’t care, because a single sheet of paper can’t decide my future.” -Thomas Edison
The proverb of struggling students who believes that grades do not really matter and it doesn’t measure intelligence. Successful personalities such as mark zuckerberg, steve jobs, and bill gates were college dropouts. These men are successful and geniuses in their respective fields, yet they failed to finish college. Does this mean grades are irrelevant? Or is it because of our educational system?
Our educational system only measures memory, not intelligence. A lot of students are pulling off all nighters because they have examinations the next morning. It seems that its more important to them to get high grades rather than retaining the knowledge they have learned.
In our society, when you get a failing grade, you are stupid. When you get an A, you are smart. That is the sad truth. As Albert Einstein said “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Not everyone is good at Mathematics or sciences, others might be great at other fields such as literature or music, for every human is unique and special in their own way.
Grades are the result of effort. Effort is very essential in getting high grades, completely lacking it will result an underwhelming grade. A naturally intelligent student could easily get high grades without much effort, but if an average student exerted a lot of effort, he or she could also get a high grade. I have this classmate back in junior high school, he was academically accelerated so we knew he’s smart, but he was not included in the honor roll due to the fact that he did not pass projects or if he did, it was late. He is indeed intelligent, but he chose not to get high grades. This goes to show that it does not measure intelligence perfectly and we shouldn’t judge other people by their grades.
But we all know that grades are important as well. Good grades pave the way to universities. In order to enter the most prestigious universities in the country, one must posses high grades to have a better chance of being admitted. Sure there is an entrance exam but it gives you a headstart and it could make or break your admission. Same as being employed, large companies consider and check the average grades of its applicants.
At the end of the day, grades are just an imperfect tool for measuring intelligence, for we humans are individually unique and special. Some are great in mathematics and science while others are gifted in music, literature, and other fields that are not incorporated in our educational system. We must not judge other people by their grades due to the fact that it doesn’t reflect them as a person.