“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
– Albert Einstein
I won’t lie, I have quoted this to people who weren’t doing well for school however I think its a pretty big load of bull crap. Yes, its true, some people have talents in different areas however honestly I think the school system returns a very good representation of everyones capability. Some people are better at logic subjects, Math, Physics, Chem, etc. Others are better at the vaguer, ‘justify yourself and win’ subjects such as English, Multimedia, Art and History.
For a good idea of how ‘smart’ someone is, the best way to go about it is to let them choose the topics in which they do well in and enjoy, teach them help them learn themselves and then test to see how much they understand and retain in comparison to the rest of the world. I couldn’t think of a fairer way to test people. There are some subjects that are often required, such as math and english. Some people completely suck at those subjects, just are totally crap with them. I am one of those people, math comes second nature to me however english is a really hard slog, lessons seam to drag on for hours and I put in hours of work to get less then average results. It sucks because english is a compulsory subject for me to do, however I don’t consider this a bad thing. English is the language my country speaks, most likely all verbal communication I do for the rest of my life (well until china takes over the world at least) will be done in english, I need it, I’m bad at it so I get bad marks for it. Simple.
I do not see how that is unfair, or “judging a fish by its ability to climb a tree” It’s much closer to judging a fish on its ability to swim, a fish that cant swim well. Of course my other strengths are also taken in, I can do math with my eyes shut, and I do fairly well in sciences.
If someone picks subjects they consider themselves to be best at and ends up with a bad result then they either do not understand as much as most people or they didn’t put in effort, either way this is a valid time to give a bad mark, if this is being used to get into a University/Collage course or looking for employment then of course an accurate representation of what the student is capable of is required. School marks are accurate representations, the school system is not as flawed as people claim (its not perfect, I know, there are some major poo poos in there) but school does exactly what it is supposed to do, and gives you a mark which shows exactly how well you went. This fish tree thing is total crap.