Ever since High School, I have constantly found myself stressing out over school. Specifically, letter grades. I have found myself worrying more about what grade I will get on a test, rather than remembering the material. I have calculated final grades into my head more than I have calculated math problems on all my math exams combined.
I don't care what you say, THAT IS A PROBLEM.
Ask any college student if they can remember what was on their last exam and they'll probably say some things that were on it, but most likely not remember how or why they got the answers they got. Our education system is teaching us to learn how to TAKE a test rather than teach us actual useful material we can apply in the outside world.
We have been taught to focus on our own NUMBERS. We are taught we must have a certain GPA to get into certain programs, and if we don't get good grades in certain courses, you can't move forward with other courses. Why are we holding people back because of a NUMBER?
I want to actually LEARN, I want to learn for the fun of it, not feel pressure to get a certain number or letter grade by a certain time.
I understand the purpose of testing, but the "punishments" for not understanding certain chapters or courses are completely unnecessary.
We tend to forget about the students who aren't good at taking tests, like myself, who get anxiety before an exam and end up choking during the exam and not getting as good of a grade as they expected. Does not mean they didn't study. Does not mean they don't know the material. They may only be able to express what they learned in a different way, such as a presentation or a paper.
Someone could be great at math and science but not as good in English and history. Does that make them stupid? No. No one is good at everything.
Why are we judging people by their GPA and not on how they contribute to society?
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