by. Bong Eun Seo
It seems like the most important thing at school is to be good at studying. Generally, being good at studying means comprehending all classes at school and getting good grades in every subjects. Students are forced to be good at studying while attending school, from the parents, teachers, and even the society. Just like being good at studying is the ultimate goal in common, students are forced to get good grades. However, we should think about Just because the class is going on at school, does a student always has to perform well in the class? Nevertheless, pushing every student to be good at studying is something to think about. Should everybody be good at studying?
Before actually dealing with this question, we have to understand about why this question matters to all of us. In order to answer for the question, understanding the reason why education is important to us is important. How could the Jews win so many Nobel Prize? What was the reason why the Northern European countries were noted by the whole world? The importance of education is already widely known all around the world. Education is the one that supports the fundamental base of a society, and leads to further development of a nation. Looking at how Korea changed going through the “miracle on the Han river” period becomes a good proof for the significance of education. In this critical activity, we all are involved in any form. Whether one participate in education in a role of a student or a teacher, lives of the most people are deeply engaged in education nowadays. Our lives are deeply engaged in education regardless of what role we are taking in.
Coming back to the question, the reason why this question is important is because it is directly connected to the future of education. Nowadays, it seems like producing students who are good at studying is the purpose of education. To determine the direction of future education, answering to this question is essential. By answering this question, we can find out whether being good at studying is the key point of education or not. Also, we can decide the focus of the education of next generation according to the conclusion derived from this question.
Some people are convinced that being good at studying is the most important value in every aspects of modern society, and every student should pursue doing well at school. It is basically because being good at studying indicates that the person is competent in any area. By saying someone does well at school, we know that person possesses sincerity, comprehension, high level of background knowledge, and etc. These values help in any area in our society since the society think highly of those values. This becomes a reason why the modern society wants students who do well at school. “It is fair for any boss to want a subordinate possessing these values, rather than one who does not. It is widely accepted that grades do become a major part of criteria in a college admission or a job interview” (PWG 136). “There are going to be graduates competing for the same job post-college, and the difference in grades could differentiate the candidates, as Forbes described: But if your grades are good, go ahead and list your average on your transcript. Dean Iacovetti, director of recruiting at Apprenda, a software company outside Albany, NY, says he doesn’t expect to see GPAs on résumés, but if he does, and it’s a strong one, he takes notice” (Mehic).
Moreover, we can see that people with better Grade Point Average(GPA) actually did success in college admission comparing to people who didn’t. Even though colleges and companies understand that people possess different area of talent and interest, it is reality that they want people who have good grades. “The average GPA of students who succeeded in Seoul National University entrance in 2016 is 1.3 out of 9, which is a very high level of grade” (Auraedu). It is not just the problem of Seoul National University. “People has concluded from the widely spoken words saying that studying is the duty of a student, that being good at the basic duty means the person is qualified for earing a chance of studying or working in a place” (Yoo 18). Being good at studying has already become a very basic required condition when entering any school or getting any job.
On the other hand, some people believes that being good at studying isn’t necessary for everyone. Every student has different talent and interest. As grades get higher, more and more subjects appear. Understandably, they are usually categorized into liked ones and disliked ones according to one’s interest and talent. These people are insisting that as long as students possess basic knowledge needed in any area of life, students don’t need to be good at every subject; they can rather focus on their own areas. “Students these days all have a goal of getting an A on every subjects and going to prestigious colleges. However, the key is to do well on their own specific area, rather than in every area. It is essential to design a good future course according to interest and aptitude” (Fukuta).
Why do we study, in the first place? It might be necessary to perfectly do in elementary school for things we learn in elementary school are something that become the very basic of our life, and are needed throughout our life. However, higher education is where we prepare for our future in society. In this period, we need to learn advanced knowledge of specific area which each of us plan to work in after graduation. Interest and aptitude of students varies, and an ideal society is where these students do their work in their area of interest. Higher education should provide the preparation for our future job by involving specialized knowledge in the curriculum and giving opportunity of hands-on experience. “Let’s look at an example. There is a student who wants to become a football player. He has wonderfully finished his elementary school curriculum, and is already capable of dealing with basic chemistry. Then, there is absolutely no need for him to get an A+ in advanced chemistry class in high school” (PSS 49).
Another reason why some people don’t believe everybody should be good at studying is because being good at studying doesn’t always becomes a synonym for being competent and having the possibility to success. “The truth is that many indifferent students do extremely well in business because the set of skills required to be a good student does not match the set of skills to be a success in the world,” says Michael Thompson, a University of Chicago-trained psychologist and co-author of the bestseller, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys” (Hillis).
Whether every student have to be good at studying or not is a question has been the most discussed question in educational area. It might look like a foolish question, but it is actually very essential when drawing a picture of future education. The answer for this question is directly connected to how students will be educated in the future. Therefore, we should never stop searching for answer. Answer for this question will be a great guideline when building up a new education for future generation.
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1) Web Documents
Auraedu. “How Much Is the Total Average of GPA of People Who Got into Seoul National University?” Naverblog. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 June 2016. (Auraedu)
Hillis, Dustin. “The Art of Not Thinking.” WordPress. N.p., 21 August 2014. Web. 23 June 2016. (Hillis)
Mehic, Benjamin. “Are Good Grades Important?” Utica College Student Vocies. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 June 2016. (Mehic)
Fukuta, Seiji, and Park Chaewon. Philandu Gyosil Hyongmong: Segye Choego Hangnyok Ul Naun Philandu Kyoyuk, Kyosil Eso Puto Sijak Toenda!(핀란드 교육 혁명: 세계 최고 학력을 낳은 핀란드 교육, 교실에서부터 시작된다!) N.p.,2009. Print. (Fukuta)
Park, Seongsuk(박성숙). Kkoltchi To Haengbokan Kyosil: Togil Ul Almyon Haengbokhan Kyoyuk I Poinda(꼴찌도 행복한 교실: 독일을 알면 행복한 교육이 보인다). Kyonggi-do Paju-si: 21-segi Puksu, 2010. Print. (PSS 49)
3) Journal Articles(Magazine)
Park, Wongyu(박원규). “Finding the Vector of College Admission(대학 입시의 벡터 구하기).” High School Reading Criticism and Illustration(고교 독서평설) 1 June 2016: 136. Print. (PWG 136)
Yoo, Taesung(유태성). “A Model of Studying In High School Which Colleges Want(대학이 원하는 고교 학습모델.” Middle School Reading Criticism and Illustration(중학 독서평설) 1 February 2016: 18. Print. (Yoo 18)