The “Perfect” Student

The critical mindset of students has taken a radical turn for the worse. Society reinforces the actions behind the thought that grades and overall GPA (grade point average), are all that really matter in a child’s academic career. No matter what it takes or how it’s achieved, getting an “A” is all that truly counts now.

Colleges look for those ever impressive 4.0’s and stress the importance of maintaining desired grades. High schools and middle schools reward honor roll students, while punishing those who didn’t hit as high of a mark in turn. These students are pushed to strive to be as “perfect” as Honor Students, in order to be appreciated and accepted.

We are breeding a new set of mindless, “perfect” students; who on their own cannot solve the real problems of world. THe way students are taught, cause them to spit back any and all information that their given. It doesn’t matter how long the information is retained, though. Tests and exams are designed in ways which allow students to cram and study for hours on end, without taking the time to absorbe the information past the expiration date of the test.

The pressure to do well academically, leads to the need to cheat inorder to achieve the “A”. Cheating is just proves that students don’t actually know the material. Students think that because it may be a minor test that cheating isn’t a big deal. Students feel that if they don’t cheat for a good grade, the result will be failing their class, messing up their chances of getting into a good college. But if a student is capable of cheating on a minor test, what’s stopping them from cheating their way through an entire class? Then move on to the more advanced study where they will surley cheat again, because they don’t know the information from the prior class.

In a “perfect” school, grades wouldn’t matter. Students would learn and retain information better if there wasn’t the constant pressure to throw it back in the exact way it was presented. The pressure put on kids to constantly perform to near-perfect standards causes them to do whatever it takes to meet the mark set for them. If students weren’t punished for making mistakes, maybe they would take more leaps, knowing that it doesn’t matter whether or not everything is exactly right. Going out on a limb shouldn’t be a right reserved for the geniuses of the world, but for all those learning. Learning is a privilege not a right, however our current system seems to consider education a right, a right to get the “A” not learn for learning’s sake.