Grades: A Measure of Knowledge or Detrimental Pressure?

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In 2010, Alyssa faced one of the horrors students face: bringing home a bad report card. Afraid of her parents’ reaction, the girl hid her report card to avoid showing the grim 76, for she, like other kids, does not want to be grounded for it. However, should students feel pressured to get a high grade? Should kids fear getting a bad grade? In reality, no parent should punish their children because of a “bad” grade; such action is detrimental to the students’ health and relationships. There is a more healthful, efficient way to improve grades, although, in reality grades are insignificant in today’s society. Most students, like Alyssa, study and try their ultimate best to get the highest grade. However, once in awhile, students’ efforts fall short of their goal, and punishment leads to health problems and deteriorating relationships. Punishing their efforts send a negative signal, saying, “Your efforts are getting you nowhere.” Consequently, students feel as if their absolute best is worthless and believe in the pressure from their parents. Responses to this notion vary, …show more content…

Yes, good grades do lead to good colleges, which do open doors, and yes, making students have the need to avoid bad grades is good as well. However, despite common belief, good grades are not that important. People like Steve Jobs prove that the label grades give mean nothing. The world has seen glory and success earned by many confident, jubilant people, and some of those very same people did not attend college or have perfect scores. If confidence and happiness are the keys to a good life, then what is the point of taking away such key factors when grades are involved? Yes, achieving the best grades can help students have a better life, but having a low grade on a report card does not dictate their

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