In a public/private schooling system we, as high school students, are asked to come to school, do our work, and get good grades. Grades are how colleges measure how academically fit a student is for their university. It’s a system that many institutions have been using for many years, although, many would argue that we must get rid of this grading system and instead find different ways to judge one’s intellect. I believe that the main cause of high grades is how much work someone is willing to put in to earn good grades. In fact, some of the smartest people I know, are the hardest working. Although, some students who face difficulties performing well in school are in fact intellectually capable of the workload. This raises the argument that whether students grades and academic achievement measure their intellect.
Many students have different problems and difficulties keeping their grades up, resulting in poor test performance. In a recent study done by The Washington Post, more than 20% of students may have test anxiety, and another 18% have a more moderate form of this condition.. Another complication many students face is sleep deprivation. The Huffington Post conducted a study which discovered that, “each hour of lost sleep is associated with a 38 percent increased risk of feeling sad or hopeless and a 58 percent increase in suicide attempts.” Both pieces of research collected by the Washington & Huffington post have all been a positive step forward to show us why students have trouble keeping their grades up.
Of course, we can’t talk about grades and intelligence without mentioning standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. These standardized tests help colleges and university find candidates who fit their school’s academic requirements. Donald Heller, director of Penn State’s Center for higher education states, “some students show evidence that preparation helps boost scores, also re-testing scores go up modestly.” Heller’s information shows that hard work and preparation reflects positively on grades and test scores. Although, like the Washington Post stated earlier, for these exams to happen in a single day, there is a downside because you don’t know how the student may feel that day. Students come into the testing room with all kinds of different emotions, such as nervousness, stress, anxiety. Some may even have bad luck and are simply too sick to take the test.
I believe that we are all intelligent in our own way, no matter the grades we earn. Some of the greatest minds this world has seen like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey have all dropped out of school to invest into their ideas and intellect. In today’s world, society has created opportunities for those who don’t have a passionate desire in the classroom.
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www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-crouch/grades-do-more-harm-than-_b_4190907.html. Accessed November 3, 2017
Strauss, Valerie. “Test Anxiety: Why It Is Increasing and 3 Ways to Curb It.” The Washington Post, WP Company,
Heller, Donald. “Standardized Tests Not Always Best Indicator of Success.” Penn State University, Penn State News,
news.psu.edu/story/165456/2010/08/23/standardized-tests-not-always-best-indicator-success. Accessed on November 5, 2017.