Yes, I Have A 4.0, But A GPA Doesn’t Define Any Of Us

Yes, I Have A 4.0, But A GPA Doesn’t Define Any Of Us

GPA is often used to determine intelligence, and it needs to stop.

The infamous grade point average, or GPA, is one of the most important things in your educational experience. It can determine which college you go to, which professional school you enroll in, or even which high school you attend. However, oftentimes, I have noticed that, despite it being important to many ambitions and aspirations, it is not everything at all times, especially when it comes to intelligence. It should not be used to define us as people as it has been used.

For one, GPA is not always a hallmark of intelligence. Now, this may be very cliché to say. However, it is true. I have friends with middling GPA who oftentimes demonstrate their intelligence in other ways. They can speak their way through myriad situations and discuss difficult topics with the slightest of ease. GPA seems to be indicative of obedience and effort at times. Not that those are not important, but GPA isn't indicative of intelligence.

Second, GPA does not tell the whole story as is. GPA does not tell those observing about a person's struggles. Their conflicts. Their situations. Those extenuating circumstances that can make it far more difficult. Sure, there are people who genuinely score low on an IQ test and do not perform well in school. Many times, however, people have awful circumstances, and that can cause performances to suffer.

Third, intelligence takes many forms. Again, cliché as I could be. Platitudes are boring, but important. People can be "street smart," knowing their ways with people and the world around them. There are people who have a way with words that they can craft impeccable stories and poetry. Some people can comprehend the intricacies and nuances of mathematics or biology, while falling short in other regards. Overall, GPA again does NOT indicate intelligence.

Now, GPA is important in school. I'm not saying to slack off. But there is many a school, many an organization, many an individual, who will determine that a person merits nothing more than ridicule. That is false. People demonstrate their intelligence in their unique ways, and we should avoid judgment on the topic based on just that.

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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

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