Good grades not so great

By Ashley Schofield

What’s in a grade?

I often wonder if my vain attempts for decent marks these past
16 years of schooling will really help me out in the long run. And
I think they won’t.

Moving on to graduate school, I guess grades played a role in
cushioning my qualifications, but I attribute the majority of my
acceptance to my work with the Post.

But what do grades really matter for a job?

Nothing.

Most employers just care about seeing your degree, which waters
that A you tried so hard for to the same value as the C your
classmate breezed by with.

Grades really don’t show anything about how intelligent someone
is. I will admit they show good work ethic, but that is all.

Some of the ditziest people I know get straight As because they
apply themselves, and some of the most intelligent people I know
don’t have the best GPAs because they don’t try.

The grading system doesn’t seem to be grading the right thing.
It is a more of a measurement of how committed someone is, not how
capable one is.

I think dedication is the only asset that transverses into the
real world and the sole characteristic employers can gain from
looking at a potential employee’s GPA.

“A for effort” really does hold true in that’s the only thing
the tiny letter really symbolizes.

Too often students let the fat red mark on their test ruin their
day.

People procrastinate, cram or don’t study at all and then are
deflated by poor marks. That F only means you failed to study,
which is your lazy fault.

By the effort one puts into preparing for an assignment, one
should know what to expect.

I will agree that there are the engineering courses and such
that may require hours of work and no matter what would be awarded
only poor marks.

However, whatever mark received still does not properly assess a
student’s learning rate.

The standard classroom module that follows the black-and-white
grading system doesn’t produce an effective workforce.

The diverse intelligence spectrum has a lot of grey area. I
think Einstein is a prime example of one that did not excel in
class, but proved to be a little more than smart.

I’m a big fan of Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Hands
on learning that subjects students to physical experience without a
doubt teaches and prepares them better than the pressures instilled
by alphabetical values.

That tiny minus sign that causes a huge dent in your GPA really
won’t damage your opportunities of getting a job.

Maybe it’s just a bad case of senioritis, but I just really care
about grades anymore. Good thing I’m going on to grad school.

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