more than just a grade

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Sarah Mills
WE ARE MORE THAN JUST A GRADE:

We all have different thought processes and skills, so why are we individuals all tested by the same means? Society tries to change us to fit into their puzzle called life, when we should be changing the picture. This is the same society that tells us abortions is wrong yet looks down on teenage parents. This society also sells products to promote healthy skin and hair, yet the women on the package have hair extensions, fake nails, and are photo shopped. Pastors preach forgiveness and acceptance yet say you’re wrong and are going to hell for different beliefs. Governments preach peace but endorse war. They say laws are made to protect us, yet our cries for help are ignored. We are told to break unjust laws, but they call you a rebel who thinks their above the law when you do. You’re told to be unique and stand out, but are criticized for not fitting in and are called attention seekers. I don’t expect everyone to understand, except the kids who know what it feels like to feel worth no more than the grade they got on their report card, and the ones whose best stories were never good enough for the teacher because you missed out key little techniques, didn’t follow the class plan, and the language was too informal. Then the teacher would reference Julius Caesar and hamlet and all you could do is to grin and bear it. When your teacher would finish you would say “did you know that Shakespeare was the innovator of slang? Society looked onto him as a mad man for having such outrageous thoughts.” Some of the most revolutionary people throughout history were considered outcasts. As Albert Einstein once said “Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” So why are we told that in order to succeed in life we must all have the same education when we are all building towards different futures? Grades have been proven to help students stay on

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