Should our lives be controlled by academic success?
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Your argument provides no new system for determining how qualified a person is for a university or a job. Let us say that we put all our importance and focus on community and service for high school students and that university base their admissions only on this. When the student arrives at university his/her grades will be miserably low and that looks bad for the university. In addition, it is bad for the economy because a person with low qualifications without the ability to contribute to society contributes to the social welfare loss.
On the other hand academic successes provide us with a tool to determine qualifications. It allows us to make sure that people are well-qualified for universities and jobs and that they can contribute to the economy. Without exams there is no practical way to show others your ability to understand the basic information taught in school so that you may progress with the more advanced opportunities late in life.
Firstly, my suggestion for an alternative system (this may also address my second point). I would change the system so that, alongside academic exams and CVs, I would have candidates write a document, detailing the full type of person they are, previous experiences, references (I know that these are already used, but I would use them as an accessory, not a basis for the type of person you are) and how they feel they would fit into a workplace environment. This is effectively a large extension of the interview process, whereby a candidate is reviewed in person but before making a judgement, the interviewer would compare and contrast the document written by the candidate.
My overall aim for this system is for the company/university to not just get a look at a face behind academic results, but also to place higher value in the person they are prospectively employing. This would be beneficial in places in which it is important to understand colleagues, such as in newspapers, university courses and places in which teamwork is paramount. This would enable not only those people who achieved high grades to gain the places, but also open them up to those who didn't achieve quite so highly, yet are far more suited to the world in which they would be working. The benefits would also stretch to the companies and universities. It would be more productive for places where teamwork is needed to be successful, for example in a bank or hedge fund, to have people who were good at cooperating, finding practical and new solutions that could improve the workplace to work alongside those who were gifted at working by the rules and efficient by themselves.
I think that there are some arguments you made that can be addressed. I have just provided examples of solutions and explained myself. You have made generalisations and have taken ideas to the extreme, such as giving examples in which universities look only at service and community, when the point that I am trying to make is that the best and brightest opportunities shouldn't be open to only those good at passing exams (which I think should still be undertaken at the present standard), and instead focusing equally on the type of people they are, not using it as an extra that can only increase your chances.
Think of a tree. The leaves and branches can twist and turn in beautiful patterns, but they are still rooted to the ground via the trunk. The trunk is the academic success. Every tree has it and the thing that makes a tree unique is the design of the branches and leaves, but the academic success is necessary. Without that controlling factor in life none of the other factors carry much weight.
I would like to correct some flaws in your argument. You seem to have completely misunderstood that the point on community and service was an EXAMPLE. I explicitly state "Let us say" - a standard phrase used at the beginning of an example. You are straw-manning my argument and you are accusing me falsely of drawing extreme generalizations. Also, you state that "the best and brightest opportunities shouldn't be open to only those good at passing exams (which I think should still be undertaken at the present standard), and instead focusing equally on the type of people they are, not using it as an extra that can only increase your chances."
Why should we do this? Grades are important and academic successes are so powerful because they define the analytical and educational abilities of an individual. Simply being a good person is not enough, especially in our relatively fast-paced world. Economies rise and fall, new technologies come and go. We need to be efficient, so the best way to do so is to use academic successes. I am sure you are a very nice person with a great personality and outlook on the future, but that will not help unless universities and employers know you are a hard and efficient worker - academic successes show them that. Once they know you are a good worker, then they can explore what type of person you are, but give me three satisfactory reasons as to why they should higher you just because you are a good person who can actively participate in a team if your grades are not reasonable and academic successes are not many?
Teamwork is important (you are correct), but you have failed to realize that in order to exhibit good teamwork to universities and employers, you must first exhibit competency through academic successes.
Please be careful to understand this house's arguments before making accusations. The "alternative" system you propose is merely a modification to the current system that millions of students, including our family members and friends, have gone through. Grades and academic successes still stand as the most important and controlling factors is determining a person"s competence and abilities because they enable universities and employers to decide who can best help carry their university or business forward in our global economy and that is why they should control our lives.
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The CON came up with an "alternative" which only offers slight modifications to the current system. Students are often asked to come in for interviews, write essays, and fill out their resumes with all activities, including hobbies and extracurriculars. However, before this, student must maintain a basis - the academic realm. As such, academic successes still form the essential trunk of the tree which is why, until we come up with a viable solution, they must control our lives in terms of employment and education.
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