Marks and the story behind it!

Marks, marks and marks! Am I talking about physical scars? No.. I wish. This time I am talking about scores and how they form a hold on a student’s life. I would love to say that all my classmates and I study because we enjoy doing it and not because we need to score well. But I can’t lie, not today. 

We can deny it all we want but in the end, marks are what we are judged by. Marks are not just a sheet of paper for a student who has spent his or her entire life being judged by it. That solely is the reason students mug up all they can in the days before their exams and try to score well by whatever means possible. It saddens me to tell you that marks have a separate hold and control in every student’s life. We toil and fight for every single mark because, in the end, marks are a way of proving ourselves to society.

They have become a concealed yet acknowledged means of saying ‘I am intelligent’. In theory, marks are supposed to be just scores but in practice, they are all a student wants. After all, doesn’t it make your parents happy when you score well? Doesn’t it feel good to proudly show your friends your scorecard?

Some students work hard day and night to score those marks and some students use the easy way out and cheat. I have friends who literally imprint the textbooks in their mind and then ace their exams but I also have friends who call out to others during exams and try to learn all they can in one day. Just shows that even though they don’t care about exams, they care about marks. They care about scoring and not learning. 

However, one thing that I find very amusing is how I gave all my energy and time to score well in my 10th examination and now, a year later, I don’t remember so much of it. I can’t remember all the chemical equations I learned. I can’t remember the mathematical formulas I spent nights learning and there is so much more that I don’t mind forgetting because I have taken up a field that doesn’t ask me to remember it all. So in a way, all that mugging up of unrelated topics was just for marks, wasn’t it? 

Well, if you are thinking ‘Won’t it help you further in life?’. My answer will probably be ‘I don’t think I am going to measure triangular angles using trigonometric ratios so no.’ I am not against learning. I enjoyed learning practical stuff. I got excited when I could use my knowledge in real life. I enjoyed learning more about the fields I was interested in.

That brings me to my last point for this blog… Let students choose their preferred field and subjects sooner in life. I sincerely believe that every person has the right to learn something he or she is genuinely interested in. It is so much more interesting when the subjects are of our choice! I can imagine not having to struggle with maths and instead, spend all my time learning the language of Shakespeare, finding out the hidden secrets of some forgotten civilization, and greeting my mates in foreign languages. That would be my ideal education… What about you guys? What are your favorite subjects? Do comment and let me know! 

Thank you for reading! See you in the next blog!