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Marks = Intelligence ?

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“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein .

Jubilation, celebrations, disappointment, reprimands, humiliation and in a few cases suicide! This is pretty much the scenario in many Indian homes in the months of May and June as it is the season of results. The boards and many other competitive exams are out with the results of lakhs of students who appeared for various exams across all formats, ages and classes.

This breaking news dominates all newspapers, social media, workplaces, parties, meetings etc. The question arises, why this hullabaloo for student’s marks? Grades are just a quantitative indication of one’s performance in academics. While one should appreciate the hard work put in by children who have done well, it is equally important not to humiliate or put down the others who did not measure up to the expectations.

“ In school we learn that mistakes translates to bad grades. This unfortunate lesson gets burned into our brains, and we go through life shunning challenges that might end in failure. ” Mark Frauenfelder.

I am pained at how some schools and parents stop all other activities for their wards with the sole aim of cracking the exams with top grades for the Xth and XIIth boards. By doing so, they fail to realize that they are laying impediments in their child’s path to progress in the long term. With the prime focus only on the numbers, they ignore training the child in life skills which is so essential to deal with challenges that life throws at them. No wonder today the demand for child physiologists and counselors is on the rise, in our country.

I truly believe that marks are not the true reflection of a student’s intelligence. Is it fair to judge a student solely on his performance for the 3 hours of exam? I still can’t fathom the Indian parent’s obsession with their child to achieve a near centum in all subjects. As parents, we all want our kids to do well academically, but if his results are not top notch, it definitely is not the end of the world. Our society seems to link the grades in this crucial years to a matter of life and death.

“Grades don’t measure tenacity, courage, leadership, guts or whatever you want to call it. Teachers or any other persons in a position of authority should never tell anybody they will not succeed because they did not get all A’s in school. ” Thomas J. Stanley.

With the ever changing world, isn’t it time we changed our outlook regarding this grading system? Today there is no dearth of opportunities for a student to excel in any field.  His interest and passion for a subject can help him make a successful career out of it. As parents and teachers, it our responsibility to identify this in our kids and allow them to pursue subjects of their choice.

“A child’s mind is not a container to be filled out but rather a fire to be kindled.” Dorothea Brande .

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Let’s not link our child’s worth to his mark sheet, but give him wings to soar across the beautiful horizon and charter his own path to emerge victorious!

So, do you think marks = intelligence? Would love to understand your views on this system.

 

 

 

 

100 comments on “Marks = Intelligence ?

  1. Thekabys
    June 15, 2018

    Absolutely right…
    And a Cracking post on the Education system of India.
    I’m also a victim….
    In my childhood,
    often I’m being pressurised to get good marks and they keeping me from my own interests. Unfortunately, this made me a stressed child who didn’t open to too many people. Even not with the family.
    Today, I have been left the studies forever and focusing on what I meant to be and for what I’m in being !?…
    Great post… 👍

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      Its sad that you were one such child who faced this pressure. There are many like you who would have done very well in life but for this unfair system. I am glad that you have finally found your true calling!

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  2. radhikasreflection
    June 15, 2018

    A balance of theory and practical application is required Savio. Either by itself is not a great idea.

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  3. pvcann
    June 15, 2018

    Yes to that, we are killing off real learning, imagine if we employed those wholisitc methods, a revolution of learning!

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  4. Rageshree
    June 15, 2018

    Such a wonderful post and so relatable. This is a huge issue in Indian homes and I’m happy that you’re bringing up this up and trying to solve it. I love the little joke you’ve put there about an Indian scoring 95% and the parents asking where the 5% went. It’s so typical😳 I am victim… Sending much love💜

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      I know many students can relate to this. It’s just that the entire system of examination and grading is so unfair. It pains me when I see children give up their normal childhood to be immersed only in books and tuitions. We have to put in a collective effort to bring about a change! Thanks so much Rageshree for sharing your thoughts 🙂💖

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      • Rageshree
        June 15, 2018

        Very true! It is unfair that all children have to study the sane books, get the same marks, do the same work and then we expect productive and unique people in the society🤔… You’re welcome❤️

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      • radhikasreflection
        June 15, 2018

        Exactly. In school they clip of your creative thinking skills and later when you are working, they ask you to think creative and come up with ideas out the box 😁

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      • Rageshree
        June 15, 2018

        Yeah! It’s very ironical! Let’s be the change we want to see in the education system… Thanks for sharing this🖤

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      • radhikasreflection
        June 15, 2018

        👍☺️

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    • Siddhartha Dua
      June 15, 2018

      We are all its victims Rageshree but there’s little we can do.

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  5. Bhavana Madbhavi
    June 15, 2018

    Awesome write up………..!!Superb …..Education system needs to be changed ……Some times I wonder that joy of getting 35 is more than scoring 90 plus………Fed up with with the system how can they measure a person ability with just marks …..they are much more than that…………..Loved the post…..!1

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      Thank you Bhavana. I have come across many students who have scored 90+, but lacking in the understanding of the subject, while students who have scored 70+ do have a good hold on the subject. It is grossly unjust to judge a student only by the marks.

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  6. Ben Aqiba
    June 15, 2018

    Great post Radhika,

    the school system is generally overcome in the world.Children learn how to be servants to the system, and not how to think with head.We need a lot of courage to create our world on the way we want, no matter what we learned at school 🙂

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  7. Pradita Kapahi
    June 15, 2018

    Excellent article Ma’am. It’s surprising to see how Indian kids score so high but when it comes to actual knowledge they know not much. We’ve become enslaved to a system that only propagates rote learning and one wonders, where is education heading to these days.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      You reflect my thoughts Pradita. It’s really sad that the system is more favorable to rote learning than concept based application. Maybe that’s why they lag behind in professional courses in spite of doing very well in school!

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      • Pradita Kapahi
        June 15, 2018

        Exactly. Our children know nothing of practical life. The books they read only help them in their institutions and not beyond them. It’s high time we changed or we’ll never catch up to the real world.

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      • radhikasreflection
        June 15, 2018

        Absolutely. Our education system needs a total make over.

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  8. The Indian Education system is flawed, Radhika along with this is the mentality of Indian parents too. It isn’t about marks or marksheets anymore…but where do people understand this?
    Marks isn’t equal to Intelligence. No way!

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      Glad you agree with me Savio. The mindset of the school, teachers and the parents need to under go a radical change. Isn’t it so sad that after slogging for years and achieving good grades they are still lacking in social and communication skills. Our system fails to provide holistic education.

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      • Since you mentioned Holistic Education, this has started in Goa, with foreigners providing this kind of education to kids here. I am very susceptible to such kind of make-shift schools. I had a student who I was training for English Communication skills and though she knew things about the universe (as she claims she was taught in this holistic school) she didn’t know proper theoretical knowledge of any subject. That made me wonder! So I’m really confused!!

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      • radhikasreflection
        June 15, 2018

        By holistic curriculum I mean where a lot of thought has gone into drawing up the curriculum. Why not invite people from different walks of life, like educationists, parents, professionals, social workers, sports men etc to do this. I am sure we can come up with an excellent methodology of teaching and grading.

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      • Yes true. The Holistic training that happens here (with normally foreigners at the helm) is all about imparting information about the universe and various other things through activities but nothing concrete as in proper subject teaching, which is also important in a way.

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  10. boundlessblessingsblog
    June 15, 2018

    Excellent and so very informative and inspiring, Radhika and I so truly agree with your words. Our education system is awful no idea where it is wanting to take our children. Average children then like crazy kids have no choice but to commit suicide and the talents of our children are not taken into aspect at all. All this nonsense is happening for jobs and to make money. What happens to a child who is not intelligent. We have made Robots of our children our times were not like this at all. Look at the scores they are ridiculous. Great post.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      Robots is the right word Kamal. Barring a few, while they do get wonderful grades, they are unable to solve problems implementing the same concept they have learnt. And like you pointed out, the confidence of the student with average intelligence is totally shattered.

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    • Siddhartha Dua
      June 15, 2018

      Isn’t it what we follow in jobs as well?

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  11. Megala
    June 15, 2018

    Yes, it is a high time that we need to shift our focus away from marks or grades.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      You echo my feelings Megala 🙂

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    • Siddhartha Dua
      June 15, 2018

      but how to do that Megala.I find it very difficult to digest if teacher speaks even one point where in my daughter can improve. We all want our children to be superhumans.

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  12. DeepikasRamblings
    June 15, 2018

    Super agree with your views Radhika.
    I also know of parents who enrol their children to coaching institutes in grade VI itself, with a hope that the child will crack the examinations…
    What a pain for the child with a sword hanging over their heads …

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      A sword hanging over their heads…..that’s absolutely how they must be feeling! Thanks Deepika for your views.

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    • daneelyunus
      June 15, 2018

      How r u Deepika. Where r u in these days, r u busy

      Liked by 1 person

      • DeepikasRamblings
        June 15, 2018

        I’m doing good daneel. Thank you !! Yes, I was a bit caught up with work. Have re started my blogging now.

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      • daneelyunus
        June 15, 2018

        When i started blogging then u support me. Always i thanking you for support. Hope for support in future.

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  13. yagneshthakore
    June 15, 2018

    I absolutely agree with you.Talking about myself I was just an average student and failed twice in exams, yet am not unhappy with whatever I have achieved in life.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      Yagneshji, history is replete with examples of students who were average in academics at school, but who have achieved great success in life. Can’t we just give them knowledge and confidence to take on any challenge that comes their way.

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      • yagneshthakore
        June 15, 2018

        Yes, we must. As an aside I may tell you that during my school days only 40% of the students appearing for the Matriculation Exams passed. I distinctly remember a photograph of those dejected students who had failed appearing in a local Newspaper with the heading: Never mind, you are with the MAJORITY!

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      • radhikasreflection
        June 15, 2018

        That was such a positive encouragement in spite of failure, something for us to learn 👍

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  14. Siddhartha Dua
    June 15, 2018
  15. arlene
    June 15, 2018

    That is quite a sad scenario. Kids are pressured to perform. And when stress wins, their health is affected.

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  16. An excellent write up.. i hope it reaches out the parents who crave and complain about marks.. in today’s world we have most of our youth as the ‘educated unemployed’ because they lack the wisdom to apply the knowledge.. what point in such grades and marks.. alas its better too late to realize this truth.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      Yes agree! With poor communication skills and lack of conceptual understanding of the subjects, they remain unemployed!

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  17. I loved the post and the portion of rough satire

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  18. Shantanu Baruah
    June 15, 2018

    A brilliant post and a great take on education.

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  19. daneelyunus
    June 15, 2018

    Nice post Radhika

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  20. Megha's World
    June 15, 2018

    Thanks, Radhika for writing such a thoughtful post. The picture you shred the first one is the blog is the reflection of the stark reality of our education system, where the interest or the aptitude doesn’t matter everything is graded as per the marks.
    We all have been through this process but the saddened part is now the percentage has come so high and ridiculous that it just defeat the person of grading a student.
    All the major colleges and universities whose cut off list is 99% is aiding and abetting to this nuisance.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 15, 2018

      The system is so unjust Megha. Students get full marks in languages too. It’s absolutely ridiculous. I hope this unrest gives rise to a change in the system for the better.

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  21. delphini510
    June 15, 2018

    I am afraid that it is very similar in most Western countries although there are
    since some years big debates how to change this. Especially as the unhappiness
    of the students can reach dangerous and suicidal levels.
    With understanding parents there are many options out there and after all, do we really want to create carbon copies of our children.

    May the imagination get more look in.
    ~ miriam

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 16, 2018

      Oh, I thought the situation is better in the West. In India too some parents are understanding and allow the children to blossom without the stress, but they are a minuscule. I do hope the debates fructify and some concrete measures are taken to revamp the system. Thanks so much Miriam. Amen to your concluding thought.🙏

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  22. Hardip Vansadiya
    June 16, 2018

    I am agree with you. There is a fault in our education system. Our education system is associate with money making which cause more focus on marks than creativity & knowledge 😔

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  23. Rupali
    June 16, 2018

    A good one Radhika. Parents (many) who were brought up in such system deny to change their views when they become parent and even when they are not in the system any more. They take the same attitude no matter how far they travel from India. Race 1 2 3.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 16, 2018

      Yes, it’s really unfortunate Rupali. I really do hope parents realise that sky is the limit for children if they are allowed to follow their passion.

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  24. vidur sahdev
    June 16, 2018

    Totally agree with you. Marks and grades are such a poor measure of the talents that lie latent in each child, and get neglected because of these superficial measures.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 17, 2018

      Thanks Vidur. I am sure like us there are many who feel the same. Shouldn’t the government be taking steps to initiate a change ? The ones they keep doing every couple of years hardly takes the focus away from marks.

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      • vidur sahdev
        June 17, 2018

        They should be. Maybe one step would be of creating more colleges and institutes that offer quality teaching. Though I am happy to see that atleast today there a number of creative/art related subjects that stdents can choose after the 10th and pursue as career options.

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      • radhikasreflection
        June 17, 2018

        Yes, that is a fact. What I find encouraging is that today atleast some students are trying to pursue non science streams!

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  25. nagstrong12
    June 18, 2018

    So true!! Time to change

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  26. sunniesmybunnies
    June 23, 2018

    Thanks for bringing this up dear . I resonate 100 % with you on this !

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  27. thewritewomanblog
    June 25, 2018

    This is a thought that has been jogging in my head over the last two days. It was the sad news of a suicide of a child who broke under the pressures of her parent’s expectation. She was an athlete but had difficulty in managing to stand on a stage without her knees wobbling. She was a swimmer but did not manage to outshine the brightest student in class. But was not she a human, and not a machine to churn out perfection – task after task. So she gave up on life. It is sad, very sad. It is easy to change the syllabus but very difficult to change a mindset.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 25, 2018

      It is always heartbreaking to hear about such sad news. A child who is good in so many other fields is never acknowledged. Academics is the prime focus for every one.This is what angers me about the education system we have.

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      • thewritewomanblog
        July 15, 2018

        I cannot agree more. Focus is always on marks. The learning and the understanding bit among others like the other talents that the child has is thrown on the wayside.

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  28. Amal_KO
    June 27, 2018

    Sad truth about our educational system. A typical indian scenario.
    Kudos to you for such an outstanding post. Keep going.

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  29. rita
    July 6, 2018

    I believe intelligence is needed for academics but correct decisions require a rational and balanced mind which are equally important

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    • radhikasreflection
      July 6, 2018

      No denying about that Rita. But since the degree of intelligence is varied among the students, the system of examination and grading should be a fairer one!

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  30. Sifar
    July 8, 2018

    So true!! Trying to prove oneself on the basis of marks and children giving up childhood in the pursuit of this!! Not fair!!

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  31. Someswar
    July 20, 2018

    India, perhaps, is the ONLY country that can produce uneducated gradulates, where education is equated with exam marks and not learning. Now in the US and visiting Canada, I find it so different.

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  32. Rajini
    December 18, 2018

    In indian education system, marks and intelligence are poles apart!
    I have discussed this very topic in the form of a conversation thread bare with my friend.
    Interested reader may please take a look to note the perspectives discussed and note the coincidence.
    1. Conversation 011: Bane of modern education system: https://rajinikanthv.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/conversation-11-bane-of-modern-education-system/
    &
    2. Conversation 012: Bane of modern education system (Contd.):
    https://rajinikanthv.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/conversation-12-bane-of-modern-education-system-contd/

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