Are the exams imperative to ones future success? The debate is actually going on. This morning it came across Suli's video on my Facebook account. It makes you think. How society changed over the last two decades. Who determines the curriculum, the educational canon? Or, most importantly, who is responsible for revising it and making sure it is still relevant to our lives and needs?
"Because the purpose of why I hate school but love the education was not to initiate the world wide debate, but to let them know that whether 72 or 88, 44 or 68 we will not let exam results decide our fate" Suli Breaks
So is the education important? I enjoyed every minute of mine... as long as it was not related to math, physics or chemistry ;-)
Here is Suli's opinion:
“If education is the key, then school is the lock. Because it rarely ever develops your mind to the point where it can perceive red as green and continue to go when someone else says ‘stop.’ Because as long as you follow the rules and pass the exams, you’re cool. But are you aware that examiners have a checklist? And if your answer is something outside of the box, the automatic response is a cross. And then they claim that school expands your horizons and your visions.”
Yes, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or Oprah are uneducated and rich . But they are geniuses to begin with! It is a sad true that most of the high schools and even universities would not be able to serve their needs and help them support their visions, and outside of the box thinking :-(
While I agree that the grade in high school may not be imperative to ones success, they may help in a today's competitive world. No, I don't think "A" grade is an indication of ones great mind. Often it is a proof that one is able to follow the instructions, stay on task, does the homework. It is training for future life. If no one pressured you to stay on task until it is done, to be resilient, to take pride of own success then how you can expect to do that in adult life when you also need to worry about family, bills and all the drama of everyday living?
Yes, if you are an entrepreneur, visionary, genius mind, risk taker, and on top of that have family and financial support - go for it! But as most things in a world, there is a bell curve in human potential. The World is full of great, good, interesting...but average minds. To be able to name the best or the worst you need to have mass of average to compare against...