GPA inaccurately measures knowledge

By AJ Jones


Throughout our high school careers we are defined by our grades, class rank, and GPA. Three numbers that that are constantly changing, is it fair to measure someone’s intelligence and capability based on these three things?

As I listen to my peers, the question to ask seems to be, “what’s your GPA?” Just because person one’s GPA is lower than the person two’s does not mean that they are any less smart. The reason I believe grades and GPA are an inaccurate way to decide someone’s intelligence and abilities is because of the different ways people obtain information as well as the different commitments people have outside of school.

The person you sit next to in chemistry class could obtain information easily, and all they may have to do to ace a test is memorize the notes. However, the person who sits next to in English may be really smart but is going through a rough time at home and has a hard time focusing at school due to other responsibilities.

Everyone has multiple commitments like extracurricular activities and their personal life to keep up with as well. Grades slipping for a six weeks could be due to a busier schedule. Or it could simply be that the unit was a bit more of a struggle than usual. One bad six weeks or difficult year can affect someone’s average and potentially affect their GPA.

Although GPA is a factor that colleges look at when accepting students, numbers on a piece of paper cannot completely tell one person’s abilities. And to look down on one person because that person’s GPA is lower than you own, I believe is wrong.

It’s hard to hear someone be ashamed of their GPA because it is not as high as one of their friends. GPA is really just a number and something that should not define your intelligence. If you work hard, then you should be proud of your GPA. That is what you have been working for and just because it isn’t a 4.0 doesn’t mean that you haven’t been trying.