Argumentative Essay On Getting Good Grades

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In today’s society, a large amount of emphasis is placed on getting good grades. Day in and day out students are told that getting good grades is detrimental to their future. Unfortunately what many students are not told is that their intelligence is not defined by the marks they receive, but rather intelligence is defined by so much more than a letter on a report card. Albert Einstein once said, “Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. (Source B). It seems as if this statement is now more relevant than ever. The school system spends so much time and energy grading each student the same way, without stopping to take into account the various types of…show more content…
Grades, however, do not truly reflect the intelligence of an individual.”(Source A) This statement provides many good examples of strong characteristics that can be found in people that earn good grades. This is important because it shows that this argument is not discrediting people who receive these high marks. However, this list of reflection possibilities helps show precisely why good grades and intelligence are not directly correlated. For example, it is very easy for students to lose motivation to complete their school work. A combination of a lack of dedication and minimal effort can cause extremely intelligent people to become C students at best. This argument is not claiming that these students deserve higher grades due to their intelligence, but it is simply stating that the grading system currently placed in schools across the country is not the best indicator of one's intelligence. As a matter of fact, self-discipline and good grades have a stronger correlation with each other than high IQ and good grades.(Source D) Another example that debunks the grading system’s ability to judge intelligence is the fact that grades do not reflect world experience. It is proven that many of today's straight A students struggle with applying their learning to real world situations.(Source C) This means that students who may not be able to comprehend the text book 100%,
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