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Grades: Dictators hiding in disguise

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Schools, colleges, or any educational institution, including coaching classes play a pretty crucial role in all of our lives. Those are the grounds where a lot of ideas and concepts come into light; we form our opinions, base judgments, our morals and ethics build a foundation, catch up on gossip, etc. But what does education have in common no matter the level of it?

Grades, as mentioned in the title (If you guessed something different, I’d like to guess what you guessed).

Ughh grades..?

Each human being on this planet is familiar with the concept, use, importance, and aftermath of grades. I think even your pet (a theory based upon my pet dog) senses the importance of grades not just in your life but in the people associated with your life, as well, including the milkman (let’s not forget the newspaperman, mailman, etc.).

Consider grades as the least-liked character in your favorite movie or web series. Your feelings towards that particular character act like a chameleon, and your feelings towards your grades are no different. The relationship that we have with grades is subjective. It is dependent on the student and the professor, and the effect of it is dependent on the mood of your respective guardians (unless you burn it if it’s not enough).

The hate-love relationship

Our journey with grades officially begins when our parents leave us at an unknown place full of other kids and some adults. The seed of ‘progress is directly related to numbers’ is sown somewhere deep in the mind. With time, along with one’s physical and mental growth, the seed starts to develop as well. Are you able to imagine that grade plant somewhere in your mind whose life and death are connected to your life?

The plant cannot be perceived as a virus but that doesn’t make it an antibody as well. So what is it? 

The plant is nothing but the byproduct of human’s desperate efforts to measure things systematically, to give each and everything a rank, so that it could come under our nomenclature. It does sound a bit dramatic but have you ever analyzed the effects of such simple concepts? Now is the time.

The never-ending debate over grades

Have you ever come across statements like “I wish they forget to release the results,” or “They should conduct exams but not the evaluation process”? I don’t know about you, but I remember saying the first statement at least 4-5 times in Xth. But does that mean I hate the grading system? I don’t (because I got good grades).

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If there was no relationship between education and evaluation, it’d be an impossible task for the students to understand their strengths and weaknesses in a particular subject, or skill, or sport. That’s how we’ve been improving our weaknesses for a long time.

The grading system proved to be an efficient, systematic, quick, and easy way for the professors, students, and their guardians. It certainly had a complete opposite and drastic effect on a student’s mental health. Indirectly or directly, the grading system or the measuring system of today made students absorb this idiotic fact that numbers define one’s success.

Readers, I’ve observed a woman, who’s a laborer, smile more than I do and that smile was real and pure. I could feel the degree of contentment in her single smile. So, numbers or grades only have power to an extent.

Adults, don’t you think it’s your responsibility to save the little ones from being suppressed by concepts like grades like you or your friends must’ve experienced? We cannot modify the grading system that is being used since the 18th century in just ten days or ten years. What we can do is teach our students this simple thing that,

‘Numbers are never going to leave you. They’ll follow you in every aspect of your life (even when you’re asleep). But that doesn’t mean they can control you. The reins are always in your hand. You just have to buckle up, stop being scared of the results or the outcomes and just focus on the working part. It is going to be a ride worth remembering.’

Conclusion

Some of you might be thinking that numbers/grades do define success, and I agree, they do. But allow me to remind you that these concepts or things are formed by us. We are to control them and not the other way around.

If you or your child, your friend, your student, or your neighbor is struggling and suffering because of grades, you’re not allowed by humanity to say ‘work hard or grow up’ or something that will make them more miserable. Help them by just being there, and let them contact a therapist if needed.

Let’s support each other not just by wearing clothes that say ‘being human’ but by actually meaning it from the heart!

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