'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
The Ranking system helped me to see where I stood in the class and gave me the motivation to improve my ranking system, to move ahead, that became my motivation. After I completed my schooling, my marks helped me to get admission in a good college. After college, when I look back to students who just passed and who topped the class, I see them in the same position.
In interviews, the only basic criteria is throughout first class so even if you score 99% or 60 %, once you clear the interview, you will earn the same amount.
Why all the pressure on kids to get decent rank? Grading has truly reduced the pressure on kids but has it served the purpose of giving quality education? It has failed to give so.
Both ranking and grading have its own benefits and drawbacks. I personally feel there shouldn't be grading system, ranking system should be there but not to analyze the kid's ability or to make the child feel guilty for failing.
We should know who topped. We adore Tensing because he climbed on the Everest. Is it not a feat in itself to be acknowledged and admired? Is it justice to equate Tensing's feat along with another who reached the top of a smaller mount?
Do we treat or group all the horses that run in a horse race, same? Jackpot is always Jackpot. The best of the best.
In lottery run by the same governments who support the grade system, they have just one First Prize or one Grand Prize. Why the same compassionate sympathy is not shown there? One who has just one number wrong loses by lakhs and crores.Just one number. He has to be satisfied with the mere meagre consolation prize. Everyone accepts that.
It is a psychological pleasure for anyone to know that he is the best, The tiredness of all the steep climb is compensated by the credit of reaching the peak. That pleasure should not be taken away by declaring all those who came to the base camp as winners. If so there would not be anymore Tensing.
The ranking system recognises and encourages the winners. The grade system just encourages participation.
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
Ranking should be there, this should not be misused to hurt others. I have seen parents of rank holders showing an air of authority or talking down a fellow student who has gone beyond the 10th rank. There should be healthy competition,ranking should motivate everyone to try and achieve, at least they will be better off from their current place.It would make them competitive.
When it comes to allotting a professional course or a job, ranking should not be the sole deciding factor, there should be adequate weightage for sports, talent and academic performance throughout the particular year and aptitude. Ranking is good for a single assessment provided teachers and parents have the maturity to take it in the right sense and not harm the child who's way down the ladder. They should infact, focus more on these students, give them the guidance they need and bring them up the ladder too.