Ever since elementary school, sharing grades has been a common practice.
The teacher passes out the most recent tests, and a sly sideways glance is all you need to make or break your day.
This transformation comes when you compare yourself to someone else. What could have been a disappointment can turn into a victory, and what was once something to be proud of can be the downfall of your day.
Yet, it was your grade, that you earned, and learning what your neighbor got is not going to change your score.
In today’s world a friend’s approval or justification can be more concerning than our own opinion. This is a widely regarded topic, which can be related to almost anything in our lives today. Twitter is the perfect example of this, as many rely on favorites and tweets to justify our thoughts.
Sharing grades is another example which often hits home at Seaholm. There is an automatic judgment that comes along with hearing another’s grade, good or bad.
Yet, that doesn’t stop students from revealing their scores.
Seaholm has a judgment problem, and judgment about grades is right on top.
I do not want to hear your ACT score, and I do not want to hear your grades. Your score is your business. While you might be comfortable publicizing your score, it can have repercussions on other students.
Running down the hallways screaming your ACT score is the perfect way to creep into another’s mind and ruin what they had previously thought was a good score. For someone whose college dreams have just been crushed, hearing your pretty little score is not going to make them feel any better.
Congratulations to you, but if you were truly content with your score would you need the approval of your classmates?
True confidence in oneself comes from within not others. What you may think is simply telling your friend your score is at the core asking for justification of your score.
By needing someone else to tell you how well you did on a certain test, your self-esteem is only showing weakness. Have confidence in yourself, because your best is good enough.
Your grades are your grades, and judgment from others is not going to change that.
This setting in which judgment from others is necessary is not a healthy learning environment.
Seaholm’s judgment problem is not one sided. It can go back and forth as people both ask to know what other’s got on tests in addition to openly spreading their grades.
For someone who prefers to keep quiet about their grades they do not need someone else making them feel bad for refusing to share their scores. Nor does the previously proud student need to know how much better someone else did.
As a top tier high school, Seaholm’s environment is already academically competitive.
Students keeping their grades to themselves can change the environment inside Seaholm for the better.
Within a learning environment in which students can learn to be proud of themselves without sharing their grades, Seaholm can prosper in positivity.