Why is this crazy? A lot of college requirements are based off high school performance. For example, the college isn't going to place a student in Calc I If they couldn't pass basic Algebra with a satisfactory grade. It is also really major, and college dependent. Some colleges even make you take a placement test in addition to the high school grades.
Look at final exams grade in this way. For most things in life, an individual is given one chance. Examples in society include Olympic Games events, beauty pageants, television shows like American Idol and game shows that include money. Even on HubPages, you win or lose based on traffic and clicks. Every day should be an opportunity to improve. Students should learn the meaning of excelsior and like the character in the poem, move on in spite of adversity. Any student who plans to attend college should find out the expected standard and strive to meet it.Even those who decide to bypass college should think of the workplace as performance counts there too. Society rates each person daily; and it makes choice too according to its own criteria/criterion.