Originally Posted by 5DOLLAR-BLEACHERBUM
I agree with most of what you are saying, but maybe if you knew your true potential it would have motivated you to do better in school. Being told your smart or gifted may be alot of pressure but it can also be very uplifting for ones confidence.
I was told that. I was still lazy.
Kids learn in different ways. In some ways I think I was lucky in that I was encouraged to pursue my interests (which were largely artistic and lay out of the classroom a lot of the time) without a lot of creedence given directly to grades. So once I grew up I was quite motivated to excel in what I wanted to do. Grades themselves were just not emphasized, and for me that worked. That said, I sometimes think I don't respect academia (and "non-interests") as much as I should, and I certainly didn't get as much out of a good and expensive education as I should have. So I respect hard work a lot more than natural intellect. The former is within your control; the latter is just an accident.
I was in a particular world, though, where pretty much all kids stood a chance regardless of test scores or work ethic. I suppose I agree that kids not in that world, ie. underprivileged kids, should be able to prove their "natural" smarts regardless of how they're performing in school...but I'm a little uncomfortable even with that logic, because does that mean I believe that if a kid doesn't test well AND isn't getting good grades, he's not worth anyone's effort? I guess in the end I just wish there were enough individualized education that test scores would be irrelevant, which I know is impossible.