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Is school even about learning anymore (yes) or is it just about grades (no)?

Asked by: hans215
  • School isn't about learning anymore

    School isn't about learning anymore, its about passing. Its not what school used to be like , i feel like high school has so much stress in it and students aren't able to learn the way they want to learn or should learn. I see all of these high school students that are so worried they wont pass, many of the those people are sleep deprived or depressed, which does not help there ability to learn. I could go on and on about this topic

  • It's all a competition for students.

    These days if you take a test and get your grade back. Students like me treat is as a competition. First they will ask "Oh what grade did you get?", then you reply with the grade you got and after that they will just shove it in your face on how they got a higher grade than you. Anyway, grades don't reflect what students are like in the classroom. For example, a hard-working student who gets top marks and tries their best at everything might get a bad grade in a test because they don't do as well under pressure and in a time limit.

  • Yes, in the name of improvement

    Sadly, I have to say that I believe this is true. It is my personal opinion only, but I believe the growing emphasis on standardized tests is contributing to this trend. I routinely see teachers leaving the profession because they feel they can no longer teach the way they need to. I believe this strategy places an unhealthy focus on preparing for the test rather than on a full understanding of the subject matter. I don't mean to imply that all standardized testing is bad; it's a matter of focus and over-emphasis.

  • They're all after reputation

    All schools want now is a good reputation, so they can receive more potential students which also leads to a higher chance of receiving more money from the government (I'm referring to English schools when I say this).
    The children that want to get "good jobs" or "dream jobs" only strive to get good grades so they can get into top universities, which also inadvertently makes their school look good in the process. Learning comes as a by-product of that.

  • Good Grades is what they want

    If someone wants to learn they can go to a library. To attend school only gives one credentials such as High School Diploma or a Bachelor's degree. Learning has been and always will be free(we learn everyday) whether schools choose to promote it or not. Schools are more focused good grades in today's time.

  • Good grades, credentials

    People want credentials so they can get the job they want. This applies even in college. I'm finishing up my first degree but realizing I really want to enter a different field. So I'm going to study on my own time, and build myself up so that I can easily 4 point everything when I go back to college and get the career I want. It's always better to study before you take classes. That way you know everything and can get the best grades.

  • Whats more important, passing or learning?

    I feel like most kids are so worried about getting a good grade but aren't as worried about if they're actually learning the material for the long run. From experience I have done anything to get a passing grade and didn't worry about if I would even remember any of the material in a coupleof weeks.

  • No, grades are priotitised to keep us complacent.

    It depends on how you define "learning." if you decide that it is "teaching students new information," then sure, it can be said that school is about learning. But if you define it as "teaching students valuable life skills and information that will be useful in their jobs, careers, and daily life," then no, it is not. School teaches arbitrary information that i see as a result of bringing schooling to many as opposed to something reserved only for the rich, without changing what is taught. For example, what use have working class students for essays on books we shall never see again? We will likely not become book critics or such. More likely, we will remain industry workers with the rest of the majority.
    Nothing school teaches is genuinely useful or relevant to our lives. It teaches trivia and obedience. However, obedience is very useful to the industrial machine; if you are taught that questioning authority is met with punishment, you will stop questioning authority, and those in power will keep you at the bottom while they get to sit up top, supported by exploited workers who are brainwashed into fighting to keep themselves exploited.
    School is, to a degree, meant to teach students conformity, i'd say. But it isn't about enrichment of student minds or preparing us for adult life. So yeah, school's pretty much just about grades.
    I hope this made sense, i'm bored in english class so i wrote this

  • Fuck the teachers and learning methods.

    Fuck it all, FUCK IT ALL. It creates nothing but unnecessary stress for both the students and the teachers which have no choice but to enforce holy crap shit strict rules that makes it nothing but an unnecessary chore in life that everyone needs to do, but what can i do as a 13 year old? ABSOLUTELY nothing. I can't vote for elections which sucks, i can't make my own decisions at some points, fuck it all. Fuck life as a teenager in general.

  • No it isnt

    School has become a place where scoring near perfect is more important than instilling knowledge. When the students receive their tests back, the teachers don't even go over where they went wrong. Tests are harder than the homework assigned and does not account for the dedication that students put in

  • Learning or grades

    People want credentials so they can get the job they want. This applies even in college. I'm finishing up my first degree but realizing I really want to enter a different field. So I'm going to study on my own time, and build myself up so that I can easily 4 point everything when I go back to college and get the career I want. It's always better to study before you take classes. That way you know everything and can get the best grades.


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Wonton15 says2014-01-10T05:20:39.350
Why is this an only "yes or no" option? Yes or No to what?
2Sense says2014-01-10T05:36:57.907
Good point, Wonton...