The one thing that happens to be really, really common in most schools, universities as well as colleges is that people run after grades rather than running after the process of learning, or the knowledge itself. The thing is that no matter whether you are sitting in a corner at the back, or the front, the knowledge and learning is going to be same for everyone. Still, many teachers as well as parents stress the grades so much that the student gets rather scared and tries to run after getting that A+ rather than actually loving what is being taught in the school or even in the college.
Sadly, this grade chasing is something that has become common on every single level of education; it does not matter whether you are studying in a school, a college, or the university, as it is going to be there. So what can be the solution to this? Well, many people suggest that teachers as well as parents should start telling the children that their grades don’t matter as long as they are loving the knowledge they are getting, and learning in the process as well. However, at the same time, there are counterarguments that suggest if this starts happening, students might start slacking in the name of loving the knowledge that is being given.
According to a study by University of Michigan; an astonishing 80 percent of students deduce their worth based on their grades. This means that the lower the grades, the lower they will feel about their own self-worth. What is even sadder is that many people actually support this because it makes the students more attentive towards school.
However, the opinion exists that it becomes the whole authentic chase of knowledge into something which is a lifeless race of getting the grades. It is like changing an intrinsic activity into something that happens to be extrinsic. I don’t think it is worth it at all, because it transforms learning from an activity about quenching one’s thirst of knowledge to an activity that is just for the sake of getting approval, as well as acceptance in the society.
Just take an example of two university students; there is a student with CGPA of 3.93, and then you have a student who scored 3.87. While the student who scored 3.93 might be considered the one who is brighter, there is a chance that the student who’s scored 3.87 is smarter in almost every single aspect, and has more knowledge than the student who scored higher?
This does not only apply to the life in the university, but your life outside an educational institute as well. Whether you leave the university with a D grade, or an A grade, your grades won’t matter, the main thing that will matter is going to be the amount of knowledge you managed to gather while you were in the educational institute, the knowledge you can use.