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It's not all about the grades
May 8, 2016, 12:15 pm

Today’s education system is not an easy journey for the kids. Given the high importance placed on grades, many young ones only focus on getting through examinations with flying colors, without grasping the real meaning of learning. Of course, grades matter, but not at the cost of true learning.

The immense pressure faced by students often leads to unrepairable damage on young minds. While many resort to technology to give them the extra edge over others, many others opt for illegal and unfair means of gaining grades. Surprisingly, even parents seem to be a part of this depressing situation as they have the purchasing power to access whatever they deem fit for their children. 

Although these may appear to be positive trends, there still remains a serious lacuna in the education system, which must be addressed sooner than later. The education process has not caught up with the modern transformations in the world. As a result, children become the victims. Lack of proper training often leads to a huge gap between children and their education. So, what can one do to reduce the pressure on these young minds?

One of the best means to reduce pressure today is counseling. Education revolves around performance in examinations and children are under constant pressure to excel. Due to this they resort to rote memory without any real understanding. This creates a situation where even bright students get through with excellent grades without necessary skills for their future.

To correct this, students must be taught right from the beginning that it not necessary for them to excel at everything in their life. On the other hand, it is also imperative that they know this does not mean they have the opportunity to not take education seriously. A student’s right abilities must be explored and necessary measures must be taken to make sure the student enhances these abilities. What a student needs in his/her life is a role model. Parents often believe going to a counselor is a waste of time and money, but in actual, it is they who help show the right path to a child.

Another important means of pressure is rewards and punishments. Parents and teachers believe this helps a child succeed, but in the long run they actually diminish the desire to learn. Children learn best when they care about mastering a subject, which they find it interesting. A child who receives a good grade already has his reward; all he might want from his parents is an acknowledgement of their pleasure in his achievement. On the other hand, a child with a failing grade is already going through a punishing experience; so, all he needs at that moment is a parent who empathizes with his feelings of frustration and goes on to help him figure out what went wrong and what can be done about it.

Today, parents and educators are caught up with preconceived notions about how things must be done or understood based their own experiences. As a result, they find it hard to open up their minds to new possibilities. It is therefore extremely important that parents and teachers keep their minds free of judgment to enable the younger generation to bloom to their best capacity.

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