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I Know There Is More to Life Than Good Grades

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 266 People

    It drives me insane that the American school

    system traps people in this system of stress and self-hatred. We're told nothing will become of us if we don't maintain a perfect little 4.0 GPA or higher. It's ridiculous. No one number should be able to represent my learning experience. I should be driven to learn because of...
    singalot singalot 22-25, F Dec 2, 2013

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    How can a number do so much damage?

    Grades can damage families, friendships, and futures. A single number can destroy so much. School in grades 1st though 12th are supposed to help our future by giving us knowledge, so why do they cause stress that make smart and lesser smart children feel like not? Learning is...
    rsommer95 rsommer95 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    Get A Life

    I'm not going to be one of those parents who flips out if little Johnny brings home a B. PLEASE. Anything over a C will make me proud. A child's intelligence levels should not be determined by his/her report cards. My I.Q. is 137 and my report cards were all D's and F's. It...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 19, 2010

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    Mixed Emotions

    when i started going to school i felt excited to learn a lot of new things that was way back when i was 3. Growing up i grew tired of attending school it feels like the reason i only go to school is for my allowance and all the friends that i made, bonding we had. Been thru...
    chie0429 chie0429 18-21, F Feb 21, 2013

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    Back in middle school I flunked every course I

    could because you know: I had important business to take care of (world of warcraft). Now i've abandoned gaming and get good grades with the ocassional 50 on my report card but I really don't care. It really frustrates me when I see my classmates just studying like crazy for a...
    hollow567 hollow567 16-17, M Dec 21, 2013

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    Yea

    I'm the person that aces every test. And I am not happy. Not even close. I'm empty. Absolutely empty. Don't be like me.
    Mdear Mdear 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12, 2012

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    Grades--??

    I was this student who studied for the love of subjects- for better understanding- I never ever cared about grades! But then it struck me- How do we get good grades?? > proper understanding of concepts > ablility to handle stress at the time of exam > judging...
    tenderfoot1 tenderfoot1 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2008

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    As Opposed to My Family

    My entire family has always valued education EXTREMELY highly.  And as a result, I also do.  Not as much as they do, but I do think it's very important. The thing is that they talk to me as if I don't make perfect grades, the world will end.  It frustrates the...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 5 Responses Dec 10, 2008

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    My personal belief is

    that the American school system is too focused on grades. The whole purpose of school is to learn not to get a certain score so you won't be ridiculed, shamed, punished and judged. The fact that small mistakes from as young as elementary school are held against you in the school...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 16-17, F 2 Responses May 12, 2014

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    ilego ilego 22-25, M May 12, 2014

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    You Are Imperfectly Perfect

    Those Always wanting to be perfect; striving to be perfect; getting the perfect grades and doing everything to perfection... Can't love themselves for their faults they aren't allowed to make. They can't love their imperfections; they can never make peace with themselves...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Apr 20, 2012

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    Ya damn right there is!

    ! I've had to hear soo many times from my mom that my grades are the most important thing in my life, but I have more money than she does, I partially own a big *** recording studio and label, people over here in the area I'm living know me for my success and how old am I? 16 and...
    MixedJayy MixedJayy 16-17, F 1 Response May 13, 2014

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    I feel the need to become more educated, but I haven't got the funds for university. I wish i understood how important good grades were when I was a teenager
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    I have always been very laid back and a lil lazy hahaha I'm the type that has always got good grades with out trying never studied in my life for anything. but now I gotta learn...
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    I have always been very laid back and a lil lazy hahaha I'm the type that has always got good grades with out trying never studied in my life for anything. but now I gotta learn...
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