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OP-ED: Your grades alone don’t make you a good student

  • Published at 01:57 am August 1st, 2021
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Education is much more than ‘good scores’ and ‘reputed institutes’

Students nowadays are influenced by the idea that their educational progress is entirely based on the marks they get in examinations. 

They are literally brainwashed by certain dominating elements of society that they can do whatever they like and fulfill all their fantasies if they score well in tests and secure seats at reputed institutions. They have thus forgotten the very idea of being moral. They have forgotten the importance of learning and practicing what their education has taught them. That is when a person’s education is truly complete.

Morality stimulates our minds to not be harmful and pushes us towards doing what is right. Without instilling this quality, one can never be able to apply his knowledge in a meaningful manner. 

But the “good score” and “reputed institute” supremacy has blinded students’ comprehensibility, consequently prohibiting them from realizing how important it is to be morally conscious. As a result, educated people are becoming a threat to society. Instead, they should be a blessing to their surroundings by using their knowledge positively.

The necessity of being moral does not invalidate the requirement of being proficient in academic subjects for a student at any circumstance whatsoever. Examinations and marks are undeniably vital for student evaluation. 

These are required to determine how clear a student’s concept is in a particular subject, if further improvement is needed or not, how much improvement is required, etc. 

However, morality is not a subject like English, Accounting, or Mathematics where its adeptness can be evaluated by numbers. A person’s behaviour, perception, and activities in every step of life is the testimony of his moral soundness.

People are rigorously working on making the world more advanced so that people live a more comfortable life. These endeavours in attaining super productivity and prosperity are also highly encouraged. 

But how are these accomplishments going to sustain if an insolent generation is left behind to rule the world? If things remain the way they are currently, Earth will only be left with untreatable viruses like chaos, hatred, impertinence, and cruelty. 

There are uncountable events around us as examples show the devastating damage immorality causes. Things will keep getting more dire and more difficult to resolve if we don’t start thinking about it seriously and play our parts responsibly. 

Children learn what they live -- besides being the title of a book by Dorothy Nolte and Rachel Harris, it speaks the truth about the younger generation, beneath which an indication of what needs to be done is also given. 

That is, that guardians and teachers must combine in making the youth morally sensible. Guardians must play their part in enlightening their children with the importance and learning of being morally upright. 

With that, teachers must concentrate with due attention in ensuring their students’ proper moral development. We must try to eradicate immorality to make the world more lively, beautiful, and full of compassion. 

Nazma Sultana is an academician, scientist, business strategist, and senior IT professional. She can be reached at [email protected]. Nafis Ehsas Chowdhury is a freelance contributor.

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