“Mind your own business, mate…”
So at last it’s GCSE results day, and yet again we are being treated to the TV spectacle of seeing groups of ever-so-clever students opening their plain brown exam envelopes only to discover that they’ve all got A*s.
Can we please see someone on TV open their exam results and discover they have ‘failed’ their A levels or GCSEs? How well have schools prepared them for this disappointment? It must be really distressing for them to witness the joy and delight of the great academic know-it-alls of their schools and anticipate that they are missing out on the glittering careers that must surely await them after they succeed with their A levels and eventually graduate from university. The problem is no-one has told them it’s not like that anymore, and that many graduates a degree and a large debt is probably the last thing they want right now.
So, although I don’t necessarily agree with the idea about lying about one’s grades, it’s great to come across Charlie Brooker’s recent, and very different media message, in which he concludes:
“Your grades are not your destiny: they’re just letters and numbers which rate how well you performed in one artificial arena, once.”
And finally, on the subject of ‘grade inflation’: “My exam results have come through: I got an A, B and C. I’m hoping they will teach me the rest of the alphabet when I’m at college”.