"Competition for high grades seriously limits the quality of learning at all levels of education."
Today we live in a competitive world. Competition has many advantages, it drives one to work, but on the other hand it creates tension and stress and forces one to do what he is not capable of. Specially, in the field of education students face lots of competition from there fellow mates. Everyone wants to be on the top.
For that one requires high grades. It is quite evident that the motive of students have know become not to gain knowledgde but to score high marks. So, Imore ore less agree with the topic.
One would admit that there is a major differnce between good marks and quality marks. Good marks can be obtained if one does well in all the subjects. But as is said that Jack of all trades and master of none, he could not master any particular subject. This is not quality. Quality is to be master of what you know. To acquire quality knowledge one must have an in depth knowledge of the subject. It enables one to have a good understanding of the topic. He would be able to answer questions on this topic on the basis of this conception. He develops a strong foundation of the subject. However, if he does good in only one subject it will not get him good grades in others. In the fight to get to the top students prefer to use shortcuts and tries to know little bit of everything. This gives them good marks but not quality marks. Such students have a restricted domain of knowledge and would only be able to answer questins from this domain. If anything out of this sphere is asked then these students seem helpless.
Moreover, it is often seen that a student does well in a subject, say mathematics, where as in others he could not perform well. In such cases inspite of being praised for his talent in mathematics he is criticised for not doing good in other subjects. He is compelled to study these subjects. But if one is not intersested in a subject then no matter how hard he tries he could not exceed his limits. On the other hand if he devotes this time in brushing up his skills of his favourite subject he could become a good mathematician. For example Albert Einstein who was a great physicist, in his school days used to skip his history classes because he was not interested in the subject. He was of the view that there is no sense is studying history. He was very much interested in physics. Therefore, he used to spend most of his time studying his favourite subject. He developed a strong base of that subject and consequently he proved to be a great physicists.
However, this does not mean that students should not study other subjects. A substantial amount of knowledge about every subject is necessary. Otherwise it will narrow down their focii. So, he must have basic knowledge about other subjects as well.
To conclude, one must remember that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. A student must be allowed to pursue what he is interested in. He will be enthusiastic in learning that subject and will ultimately accomplish great heights.