Is school about learning or getting good grades?

“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education”. Mark Twain

Do your grades really define your intelligence or your personality? What if you get sick or something happens before your major exam like A levels so you are not able to show your full potential although you have been performing well throughout the semester. You carry those grades where ever you go and you are judged according to your grades. We are made to believe that if you get an A you are far superior and intelligent than your mate who got a B. Maybe that B grade student is more obedient, wiser and more respectful towards others. Maybe that B grade student has better ideas or has the same chances of succeeding in life as an A student but nowadays who cares about that. As long as you have an A* in maths you are good to go. How can you judge anyone’s ability on the basis of their grades? Eminem failed grade nine three times but probably knows more vocabulary than you ever had the fortune of learning in your entire existence. Richard Branson dropped out of school at fifteen and now is the owner of Virgin groups and is worth $4.9 billion. At the age of fifteen, Karp dropped out of an elite Bronx High School of Science and developed Tumblr, the blog-hosting, and social network company. His net worth reportedly exceeded $200 million. Albert Einstein was kicked out of school and they are many such examples. They all didn’t fail school. In fact, the school failed them.

“I have no education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool”. Bob Marley

Throughout your school years, all you do is study from a book and memorize things which I guarantee you won’t remember after few years and stuff which will not even help you in real life. Some people will get awesome grades but when it comes to practical life they won’t even know a single thing. I think you will agree anyone can get good grades if they study and are provided with the best teachers and these students go to top universities and act all mighty and look down upon those who didn’t have the opportunities they did. We all are running after grades so much that no one values the learning process. During our school years we think we learn but do we? We are never taught about taking risks or how to make our lives and the world a better place.

There should be a subject called life studies which teaches you everything you need to know when you go in the real world like how to pay tax, prepare for a job interview or how to raise children. All of this which today you and I do not know and end up learning the hard way. We should encourage students to think outside the box, not stay bound to the books that we are taught in school which limits our imagination and our vision. No one cares about “transformation” in maths or about how they are two kinds of “bonding”. Why aren’t we told that B is also an acheivement and it’s the journey what matters.

The only journey we go through in school or something we actually learn is how two-faced people can be. The reason teenagers get so depressed when something happens to them in real life is that they do not know how to cope with pain plus there is extreme pressure of studies. They don’t understand what to do because we are not taught about mental health which is extremely important and students should be aware of this.

“Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill”. Charles R. Swindoll

Leaders are not born they are made. Our education system should be in such a way that when students graduate it’s not a bunch of teenagers graduating but sophisticated, well mannered, wise people with better attitude in every phase of life so that the world can be a better place.