Finals. We all have them, we all hate them. We have been learning all year long, working hard, reading most of the readings, writing all of the papers, and trying to pay attention in class…all for one or two tests to determine our final grade. The pressure is overwhelming and it seems that everyone’s moods have clouded over and gloom and misery has begun to consume our campus. Everybody is stressed. It makes me wonder, is it worth it? Obviously we all want good GPA’s and to succeed, but is it worth all the negative side effects? Should it be about the grades or should it be about what we learn?
I wish there was another way to accurately measure how much we have worked in a class and how much information we have actually consumed rather than having to rely on pure memorization and the spewing of this information on one test at the end of the semester. I think this would improve the learning environment overall. Instead of creating anxiousness and fear we could actually invest time into taking the classes we like and really learning, retaining information far after the class is over.
If society were to make this shift all together, I personally think that this type of educational system could take over. I wonder though, would it be as encouraged to enroll in higher education such as college or graduate school, or would learning just to learn be reserved for those with enough time and money to indulge in this luxury? Would more people go straight to the work place instead, or would college still be as popular? What are your thoughts?