students. A students are also told by teachers that they will be more successful in life than either B and/or C students. In fact, A students are THE ONES who are groomed and coached for success whereas B and C students are not. C students especially are told that they will not be successful and to aim for just being mediocre. Do you contend that A students are more prodigiously intelligent & more successful in life than either B and/or C students? Why? Why not?
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You are right! Grade point averages are indicators to future success also. An A students has infinitely more opportunities to unlimited success than a B or C student who has very limited opportunities for success.
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@ Sri T, the high school dropout who become billionaires are such a minute percentage. The main mantras of the average high school dropout are "Can I help you?", "I do THAT right way, sir.", " Oh, $%$%, I have to do...THIS".
True, but if they can become billionaires, then it means that grades are not the true factor for success.
But grades are the true factors for success. An A student has infinitely more academic & career opportunities than a B and especially a C student who has EXTREMELY LIMITED academic & career opportunities. C students are destined for mediocre
gmwilliams, You are correct about good grades providing better career opportunities. Sri T is also correct that grades don't matter as much if someone is determined to work for them self as opposed to looking to be "hired". Drive & ambition count
Yes but Bill Gates was smart in school, he definitely wasn't a C student. It is A students, even if they discontinue their education, who WILL be highly successful in life. B and C students not so much. C students are not that successful in life.
It also depends on what the person's talents are. Athletes grades are usually not that high either, but they make millions of dollars. The secret is to hire smart people with specialized knowledge while running the company.
I read George W. Bush was a "C" student. Bill Cosby flunked the 10th grade three times! Thomas Edison was labeled dumb and scatterbrain by his school teachers. Richard Branson founder of Virgin Records/Airlines dropped out of high school at 16
Issues with dyslexia and other brain anomalies could also effect a child's performance. Some people have been known to go for years without being diagnosed while feeling dumb the whole time.
One of the most overlooked issues is, they don't teach kids how to study or learn in some schools. The teacher may cover the topic once. If they don't get it, they move on. But repetition is the key to learning, in spelling, math, music or whatever.
Excellent answer and great analytical synopses made by both!