Throughout our lives, we never stop learning new things, whether it is factual information, the name of our neighbor, or how to do something specific. Education is the key to success and it is the only thing that will stay with you to your grave, no matter what happens. Why is it then that all students focus more on school than on their education? If you ask any student at the beginning of the year what their goal is, they will tell you they want better grades. No student will ever tell you that they are so happy to be taking Psychology or any other class for the first time and that they can’t wait to learn.
It all comes down to society and fitting into the ‘norm’. In a world where grades determine your future life, how can people not focus on them? The majority of students will study not for the sake of learning but to make their parents proud or to get into a good university. Many students will study quickly 1 minute before the test or cheat the answers during the test just to get that grade that they need. This in itself ruins the process of learning. Making mistakes is an essential part of the educational procedure through which people can be successful. Many people have told me that, “The road to success is not always a straight line,” and this portrays exactly how education should be viewed.
There are many famous people around the world who are reminders of how grades and school shouldn’t be the main things that inspire people, and that education is crucial. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Henry Ford and Steven Spielberg, some of the most renowned and richest people, were successful without ever graduating from a higher learning institution.
Personally, I care about grades and I always have. This may sound contradictory after writing a whole article against this type of thought, but it is the truth. After realizing how society has altered the way in which we view learning I decided to not focus so much on grades but more on the education itself. There are people around the world who can’t find food to eat, let alone education. Therefore, those who have the opportunity to learn should take it and try to get as much out of it as possible and not just care about the letters that show up on the report card every term.
By Ali Badr