SARAH SPEAKS: IS IT ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS?

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If you are an active Twitter user, then you would be familiar with the trending story on a Lagos State University student who graduated with a perfect score of 5.0 in pharmacy.

Now I don't know about you but when I heard the story I was like good for him but so what? I mean the truth is everybody wants good grades and good grades make a difference especially in an eduction system like ours but should it?  Remember when you were younger and when you came home with your grades, your parents would ask you, the person who took first, does he have two heads? That question just reflects the ideal of our society which is without good grades you will not be successful. Which brings me to another issue, school is not everything. Look at Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, they all turned out great despite dropping out from school. 

Now as someone who has always excelled in school, Yes grades are important because they are your first impression in the real world but they don't guarantee anything.  No, I'm not saying students should fail, it's important to always do your best but at the end of the day, I believe our education system should start recognizing other forms of intelligence besides book smarts. 

What are your thoughts on this? 
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8 comments:

Bash Harry said...

While I think Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey etc. are amazing role models, we have to remember that they are the exceptions to a majority. I don't necessarily think it's all about the books but I don't think it's all the other factors either. I try to find a balance in everything, but always remember what makes you happy. Personally, knowledge makes me happy. So perhaps books does play a role for me <3

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Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thank your feedback but just to clarify there is nothing wrong with gaining knowledge for the sake of gaining. I'm coming from the side that says that if you don't have book smarts or score the highest score in school then your considered stupid. I'm trying to say other forms of intelligence should be celebrated.

Lois said...

Your thoughts hold for me as well. I just think school is not for everyone, I know a lot of talented people who I'm sure would do just fine without school, but are 'caged' to go to school because it's the "only" way.
I think other intelligence should also be recognised as against just books and grades.
I don't think any less of school and good grades. I do school and good grades but I think it should not be the only way.

Iyesogie Ogieriakhi said...

Was skimming through a blog when I saw the 5.0 news and I just went past it, thinking to myself. This days that 5.0 doesn't guarantee him a job. That was my father's favourite statement haha.
Yes school may not be for everyone but I feel some form of education is definitely needed and as long as you are there put in some effort.

Fahda Aburkair said...

I agree with you. Sometimes students can get a little bit bookish and in the end of the day, they didn't learn anything. It's frustrating how some school focus on grades that what the student actually learned.
Love, Fads

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thank you all so much for the feedback

ebun taiwo said...

Personally, I feel one should strive towards excellence. But being "book smart" is worthless if you can't apply your abilities in solving real life problems in the society

CHINENYENWA said...

O mehhn let me get d grades first!

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