Does class rank matter?

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

– John Dewey

Marks and grades are important, but they are not the only determinants of a child’s future. A child should not be labelled as “slow” if he doesn’t get a good score in math or science. Chances are his/her marks will not determine his/her success in life.

Grades have always played a very important role in a child and his parent’s life. They become the apparatus we use to judge our children. They also have a major psychological effect on a child. Good grades can boost his/her confidence while poor grades can cause self-esteem issues. It is important that the child believes that he is smart.

Education is about better knowing yourself, getting to know the world around you, and trying to figure out your place in the world. Even if he got a B or a C on an exam, he is better overall for having taken the class.

Parents become frustrated when their children do not get a good rank, and worry about their chances of getting into a good college. Some students don’t do well because they are disorganized, have difficulty communicating, or need help studying. Others may be not have these issues, but they just take a little more time. Don’t panic; instead, consult their teachers for ideas that can assist with building your child’s educational development.

Talking to the individual subject teachers of your child is also very important. A child may be good at English, but having trouble with math or science may cause his overall grades to slip.

Furthermore, parents should make sure they truly understand the grading system because different schools have different parameters to grade students.

Although only achieving high grades should not come in the way of learning life skills like making friends, developing passions, or general character building, scoring well in exams is extremely important in some cases like college admission or getting a good job.

If your child is having trouble understanding something make sure he gets all the extra help he needs, but don’t overburden him. Don’t judge your child based on the scores of one test, encourage and help them perform better in their future exams. Take help from your child’s teacher and analyse your child’s exam performance; identify their strengths and areas in which they need to put in more effort.

The focus of education should be learning, and not just getting good grades. Once the child has fully grasped what is being taught he will automatically score better. Struggling to get a higher grade shouldn’t be the aim. If the child is able to understand the concept it will help him in the long run. For e.g. The Pythagoras Theorem is very difficult to memorize, but if the child understands the logic behind it he will be able to remember it for a longer time.

Though the grading system is important, the race to get better grades takes away the essence of education. Learning for the sake of learning has become imperative these days, where the students tend to study easy topics so they can score better instead of challenging themselves, which is why Pearson Schools follows a strong assessment and evaluation techniques with an effective grading system which ensures that the scholastic requirements at each level are met with, and prior learning is in consensus with the future learning of the student.

The School does not put any pressure of examinations on the young minds. Day-to-day progress is the criteria for assessing the performance of the child.
The schools offer Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), and regular feedback is provided to the parents.

The schools also offer assessment programmes like – National Talent Search Examination (NTSE); Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing (ASSET); Olympiad & many more for the holistic development of students.

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