A Speech on Do Exam Results Alone Determine a Child’s Worth?

Good morning and a very warm welcome to everyone present here. The main importance of this session is that we all have come together to discuss certain topics that should have been talked about a long time ago. We often see parents or teachers, or guardians pushing a child to perform really well in their exams, and often we see children being analyzed using the marks they have scored for the exam.

The real question here is; do exam results alone determine a child’s worth? Many times, we fail to recognize the talents and capability of children apart from what they are able to produce on a paper during an examination, and this puts an intangible pressure on children to perform well to prove their worth. As adults and guardians, what we have to realize is that there is a difference between being street smart and being school smart; a child can be school smart or street smart, and in some rare cases, they can be both.

It is important to ensure that we don’t bring down a child’s worth just by judging them for their academic performance. Earlier, most institutions made their admissions based on the marks scored during the entrance examination, and now there are various stages where the child’s talents can be assessed and analyzed. Slowly but surely, we as a society are evolving to be a more inclusive environment where children belonging to different backgrounds and with different sets of interests are promoted and discovered.

Develop these problems of anxiety and stress at a very young age because of the unwanted importance that we give to these examinations. Instead, we should reassure them that a single exam does not determine their worth and future and that it is okay for them to make mistakes. Many students who are able to perform well in other areas of life may not have excelled in school, and as adults, it is important to remember this while guiding the younger generations. It is a commonly accepted fact that marks alone cannot be the basis for measuring success, and in the future ventures of our life, we have hardly applied the direct textbook knowledge for finding solutions.

So, again we should aim at developing the critical thinking ability of the children and should make them capable of making decisions based on the situation at hand, not by applying the direct method, as real-life scenarios often change from what is taught in school and it important for them to have a sense of understanding of these various issues.

Instead of urging children to mug up whatever is printed in their textbooks and replicate it in their answer sheets, we should make them understand the concept and ensure that they are able to understand and identify the problem and can effectively apply their knowledge to find a solution. In conclusion, I would emphasize the fact that examinations might seem like a life-changing point in your life when it’s certainly not.

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