Intrinsic value defines itself to be a set of ethics that is dependent upon an individual’s morals. The intrinsic value of anything is often given a hidden meaning. Alfie Kohn’s essay “How not to get into College”, Heron Jones’s poem “Somnambulist”, and the episode “Rosebud” from the television show, The Simpsons, shows how finding true meaning and motivation in life can be very difficult and also reveals deeper meaning of how it is better to be motivated intrinsically rather than extrinsically. To begin, in these three pieces, the authors clearly show that when one is extrinsically motivated, they go through life unware of what they can truly achieve.
A lot of people "'understand what it is to strive for something... to want to be someone you're not, to want to achieve something that's just beyond reach, whether it's professional success or wealth or idealized love - or a 4.0 or admission to [UNLV]'" (Rimer 1). Wanting to achieve something can sometimes lead to the extremes. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby made some wrong turns in order to achieve his dreams and wealth, but still wasn't enough to be where he wanted to be. Having a green light or main goal in life may decide if someone goes in the wrong direction and ends up in the wrong place.
Success is not granted by just hoping for it. To achieve true success, you need the strength of mind and body to compete and work hard to reach your entire potential. Brent Staples argues “Why Colleges Shower Their Students with A’s,” in the past few years their has been a high increase to colleges becoming lenient in regard to their grade policies. This softhearted act has led to an rise in the quantity of A’s that are dispersed each semester. Professors who do not give out high grade could potentially affect his/her’s salary from receiving disapproving student evaluations, “The most vulnerable teachers are the part-timers who have no job security and who now teach more than half of all college course.”
Knowing that one’s academic performance in high school determines one’s chances of getting into college and achieving the “American Dream” can drive a student to become desperate to achieve top grades. Being an honest and hardworking student can make one feel good about oneself, but can be frustrating when one’s efforts do not yield ideal grades. This leads to one of today’s biggest moral dilemmas students face. Should one break their values for their ambitions? Shakespeare shows Macbeth
In Carl Singleton’s article, “What Our Education System Needs is More F’s,” he argues that students aren’t receiving the failing grades they deserve. School systems are to blame for the lack of quality in America’s education. No other recommendation for improvement will succeed. The only way to fix the American education system is to fail more students. According to Singleton, the real root of the issue is with the parents.
Grades are as valuable as star-shaped stickers, yet they have the power to lay the foundation of our entire lives. The grades we earn have no commercial value, but students invest millions into taking a class to get a grade. In Jerry Farber’s essay “A Young Person’s Guide to the Grading System,” he crushes society’s constant need for competition by pointing out all of the major flaws in the grading system and offering a new credit system as a solution. Farber is correct by claiming that the grading system is flawed, stressful, and overall, useless. Farber builds his essay on the basis that grades are problematic for the school system to use.
The poet Ted Kooser illustrates the agonies which every 3 to 25-year-old must come toe to toe with. In this nine-lined poem he narrates the tormented journey of a young boy who 's faced with the overwhelming weight of liabilities that he must carry to his library. The uniqueness of this poem is derived from comparing a student to a turtle, which I will elaborate further on. The purpose of the poem is to use the melancholy of many students in order to reveal their hardships . Every apt pupil understands being immersed in stress and strain of academia in order to persevere into a brighter future.
Both the poem “Warren Pryor” by Alden Nowlan and the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr express a depressing tone. “Warren Pryor” is about a son who chooses a career that he dislikes in order to please his parents. “Harrison Bergeron” is about a dystopian society where excellence in any way is considered a disadvantage and inequality for others. In both texts, the protagonists all face the barrier of having their nature being stifled; however, the speaker in the poem chooses not to fight back for himself, while the majority in the short story is not even able to realize the barrier that they face.
According to Shafer-Landau, “Getting what you really want can sometimes be a huge letdown,” (p 49). Most people will not feel happiness when it comes to a disappointment, it may make them more determined, but
Implications “... consider the implications. We think we know what we want, but we can never really know until we've got it. And sometimes when we have, we discover we never really wanted it in the first place - but then it's too late” ― Alexandra Potter, Be Careful What You Wish For
Once you receive your diploma and graduate you are content with yourself for all your hard work, it’s a much better feeling of knowing that you worked hard to achieve it rather than it just being handed to you. They find more pleasure and satisfaction when they actually worked for it. The Pursuit of Happyness Dir. Gabriele Muccino is a great way of showing how the pursuit of happiness is more rewarding than the attainment of
Students lacking coping skills for achieving anything less than perfection is a serious problem in today’s students. The article portrays this issue perfectly because it explains how after Kathryn DeWitt received a sixty on her midterm, she thought the only way to resolve her problems was to kill herself. She had not learned to cope with receiving any grade less than perfection. She did not know how to handle the stress of the thought that her whole life was off track. This article portrays how delicate this situation is.
Have you ever wondered how grades actually do help students throughout their career in school? Yes, many do believe grades do not help, can cause stress to students overall making them perform at a lesser level and sometimes some believe that school isn’t even needed at all in a child’s life. Grades can affect a student’s learning and constant low grades can bring them down and their mindset of just being a below average student. However, grades do help students by showing the student’s progress in school whether they are doing good or bad and grades give a goal to get a better grade by trying harder to get that grade a student wants. First, grades show progress to everyone besides just the student.
During midlife and old age, the question of what one has done with his or her life becomes of greater importance, and the sinking realization that the time during one’s youth or career has passed becomes harder to bear. Instead of changing one’s ways in response, it is often easier to deceive oneself into believing that his or her life was truly meaningful. In fact, many people do, convincing themselves that even their worst