Can the Markings in a Report Card truly Judge an Individual?
Education is an important aspect of a student’s life and their parent’s life. Every parent wants to impart knowledge to their child and expect them to score higher than their neighbour’s or relative’s children. Even a primary school child is always judged by how many marks they achieve in their school exams and the numbers printed on their report cards.
An accomplishment goal for education is to score more and more marks, more than that distant relative of yours for sure. Almost every Indian child always has to go through the phase where they have to choose between either being an engineer or a doctor. If he has an objective to do something else, he is examined as an infantile youngster. According to the Indian education system, if a person scores good marks in higher secondary education, he should be doing engineering in some IIT’s or NIT. Not every individual wants to become an engineer or a doctor; if he aspires to become an artist, a cricketer, a singer, a dancer or whatever he wants to, it’s time to let him be and flourish! A child needs support and motivation from the parents and society.
Here are some examples of successful people who did not care about their report cards and proved to the world that they could conquer it all regardless of what their report card had to say or define about them.
1) Benjamin Franklin
Franklin was an author, scientist, inventor, political theorist, politician, postmaster, musician, civic artist, satirist and diplomat. Franklin had really worked hard, and he was a completely self-made man. But did you know that he had to leave his school at the age of 10 due to family financial conditions and was forced to earn a livelihood for their family? He always believed, “The harder you work, the more you evolve as a better person”.
2) Arjun Kapoor
He is a famous Indian actor who appears in Bollywood movies. He made his debut in Ishqzaade, a romantic movie. He gained highly positive reviews and was also nominated as the best male debut actor the same year. However, most of us didn’t know that he had failed the twelfth examination, and he quit his studies after that. He gained a lot of weight and lost his confidence. But who knew that a sloppy grumpy boy would turn in to such a handsome hunk of B-town today.
3) Dhirubhai Ambani
Dhirubhai Ambani was born in the western state of Gujarat. He was from a family who knew how to stretch every penny a long way. He was hard-working, intelligent and tenacious but had very little interest in education. He wanted to build his own lines of fate, and so he did. Now he is regarded as India’s famous business tycoon, and he also founded the Reliance Industries.
4) Albert Einstein
He was a theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity. He was an everyday typical child with extraordinary curiosity for science. He ended his formal education at the age of 16. He also tried to enter the Federal Institute of Technology. Due to the lack of knowledge in other subjects he failed. Now, his name, Einstein is synonymous with the word “genius”.
5) Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He received his formal education for an estimated 18 months. He walked miles to borrow a book. He worked a variety of jobs including the jobs of a shopkeeper, postmaster, and a surveyor. He set up a national banking system while he was a president.
6) Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher and artist. He wrote many novels, dramas and poems and composed music. Tagore was an utter failure in school and an inattentive student. He flunked in his exams then he was taken out and home-tutored.
Gitanjali was a world-famous poetry book of Tagore. Jana Gana Mana, India’s national anthem, was one of the most famous works by him amidst the list of much more marvellous works.
7) Thomas Edison
He was a businessman and an American inventor. Edison developed a hearing problem at an early age, and one of his teachers was always annoyed at him for his inability to hear and answer properly. Thus he dropped out after three months of education. But now he is known as the best at his work. He was a successful manufacturer and businessman who was highly skilled at marketing his inventions. He developed many devices that influenced many lives.
8) Bill Gates
He is an inventor, computer programmer, philanthropist, investor. Gates co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest computer software company. Gates dropped out from Harvard University and started a business and failed. Now, he is the richest man in the world. He believes if you are intelligent and know how to use your intelligence, you can reach your goals and targets.
9) Walt Disney
He was a cartoonist, entrepreneur, voice actor, film producer, animator. He co-founded the Walt Disney Company. He was 16-years old when he left school and joined the Army. He was rejected for being underage. He won 22 Oscars Awards and 59 Academy Awards.
10) Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was best known as the CEO of Apple Inc. Like every person, he wanted to do a graduate degree, but he dropped out in the first semester, and he founded Steve Wozniak, and they made their own company and called it Apple. And now he is recognised as the pioneer in the Microcomputer Revolution. He definitely made the world better.
However, in college life definitely, a book worm cannot survive. These are not mere examples. They are the inspiration for those who stop believing in themselves.
Just remember, simple grading based on whatever you wrote in exams doesn’t judge you. Don’t always stick into piles of books, and there is a world beyond that.
Follow your heart and do whatever you like to and you won’t be judged, or you will be, but you must not care, because you are so much more than what your report card says.