THE FALSE REPRESENTATION OF ACADEMIC SCORES

December 3, 2016


The cycle of studying begins when a baby learns to blink to when a student receives his degree. A baby may just receive a scribble of milestones in his mother's notebook but when a student graduates, there is only one indicator left to prove his worth : his academic scores, or GPA as people mostly call it. The journey of getting the word "Cum Laude" plastered on that degree is no joke at all. Tears and 4-hours of sleep are every students' daily consumptions. After all, this very GPA is the result of their years of efforts and the one determination of what their future might be. Or is it?

It is absolutely true that scores are the fairest measure to value one's work. However, are scores the fairest measure to value one's capabilities? Some will say that throughout the course of one's academic years, scores are proven result of the use of his intelligence. Another will say that there are contributing factors that might divert scores' objectivity, such as motivation and time. While scores are inevitably factual and measurable, a lot of contributing factors like mentioned before hold much bigger portion than what is actually done and achieved. The sense of objectivity in these scores is becoming less and less factual but more and more judgemental. It is no longer about the Straight A's students being placed in the most prestigious and highest paying jobs but more to those students whose capabilities are beyond measurement, whose capabilities are out of the textbook and whose capabilities are beyond whatever it is the school are testing them with.

I have gone throughout fifteen years of studying to be well aware of how academic scores are wrongly deceitful and are a big misunderstanding. No offense, but I have encountered countless of students whose scores are sky high yet have the faintest idea of the basic knowledge. I have also encountered many students who are bad on paper but are some of the brightest people I have ever known. The rarest comes from those who are both good on paper and paradigm, and as the word represents, they are rare.

In conclusion, scores often do no represent someone's capabilities or the ideas that make them worthy. It is the way they absorb, process and deliver their thoughts and opinions that makes them worth beyond their academic scores, and that's what counts.
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