Thursday, 15 March 2007

It Was Never About the A's to Begin With...


Sigh...

It is only me, or is the Malaysian student population absolutely obsessed with the number of A's? I mean, what's the point, might I ask? What's the point of taking Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and then also take General Science? Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't General Science a combination of the basics of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology?

Hmmm...

So, does that mean that if you get an 1A for your General Science, it makes you a better student?

Weird...

This predilection for A's...A bit scary that all people nowadays think about is getting a string of A's, and forget entirely to be human, and to forget what it is like to really live...

Imagine going out into the working world, and then insisting on surviving based on your A-getting skills...You'd fall flat, make a spectacle of yourself and end up in TR...

You know, it's absolutely true. Nobody asks for your SPM results the year after. Nobody even remembers what SPM stands for, in some cases.

And then to think that people take 19 subjects? Which stream does that put you in, then? An Artsy-Sciencey stream? What good does that do you? I know we are looking for all-rounders and all, but this is seriously too much. We're not asking you to be insane, or travel down that road! What are you trying to prove? That you're above the system? That you're a computer? That you don't have a life, and probably will never have one, given this obsession at such an age for being good on paper? Because A's on paper is not going to make you remembered in History as someone great...

The string of A's actually shows that you really don't have a life (given, you're smart), because getting those A's is not easy. While many will reminisce that school-life was the best time ever, can you actually say that? What kind of memories will you have when all you did was study (yes, I know you're smart)?

Seriously speaking, I pity you. I was upset when my results came out initially (I missed by 3), but when I look back, I can honestly say I had a good time in school, and I learned alot more outside my classroom than I ever did inside...And that, I believe, is more precious than any amount of A's anyone can get. Because ultimately, it was never the number of A's that mattered: It's the kind of person you will one day become which counts!

Education comes in many forms. Learning how to cook rice from your mother is education too, you know. And it actually will carry you for life...Being able to recite the 20 properties of the Alkane series by-hard and being able to rattle the 20 formulaes needed in solving Additional Mathematics does not! Come to think of it, learning how to use the bus will probably get you further (did I say probably? Shoot me, please) than knowing how to solve Mathematics at the speed of light...

Think about it: You are going for an interview for your first job. You go to the bus-stop and find yourself facing another person who is going to apply for the same job and he/she scored half of what you did. Then the bus comes, and your smug-face realises you don't know how to catch a bus, and because you spent all your life starring at books, you don't know how to approach that other person to ask for help. He/She gamely hops on, and you with your wonderful Additional Mathematics is left in a cloud of dust, while the other person has a 50/50 chance of getting the job...

Hmmm...Go figure who will be happier in a few years? Scratch that, make it at the end of the day...Guess who will be in TR in a few years, probably still reciting the 20 properties of the Alkane series?

To all those who are upset they didn't do that well, it's ok...Cry about it for a while to 'mourn' the misses, but get on with your life...Hey, I did!

Remember, it was never about the A's to begin with...

8 comments:

Mehme said...

cool ;-) i agree 250% that A's dont matter ;-) like anyone cares how many A's those show-offers want to show off. bugger

Anonymous said...

YAHOOOO!! I AGREE!!! GILA ORANG Get 19A's!!!!!!!

whre4arthou said...

Ohh.. and you failed to realise one more point.. when its not a malay getting straight A's with some record hitting results.. it goes that the year's top student doesn't have to be announced..

how..

malaysian

sue me for being racist.. heh :P

JaKe said...

Wooh. aiay. ppl no life want to study their loss only what. They think they great for a few months and then die when come out into working world and realise who stupid they r. see la how long they can aksi!!!!! We see la how much noise going to be when JPA scholarship come out...

Fooyoh said...

setuju! setuju! membabi...

Anonymous said...

you should write to the papers with that post of yours. it is a cool feeling to see your own name in the papers you know. Try it sometime. you've got interesting stuff girl!

Daphne Ling said...

Anonymous,
I assume you have had your work published before ;) But nah, I'll pass...=)

Akira said...

The main reason I wanted to get all those A's was to go and study oversea's and start living. But since I didn't... it doesn't matter anymore. I found my true friends and I'll make it work here.

Who say a girl can't be a research scientist in Malaysia? XP

Thanks for encouraging!