I think one of the worst things about modern education is our obsession with numbers and test grades.
I know for a fact that some people get 4.0s (perfect grades) but that doesn’t necessarily reflect their knowledge or proficiency in certain subjects, because they picked easy courses and lenient professors who are often easy graders to get perfect grades.
On the other hand, some of the smartest people I know hover below at mid 3.0 range but take challenging courses and are very intelligent–particularly the engineering students.
Our system makes us choose between good grades or actually learning and getting challenged. I know because I am in the midst of a stressful course registration and I’ve had to consciously think about whether or not I want to take a certain course that I am not interested in, from a professor who freely hands out easy A grades (anecdotal evidence), or a tough philosophy course from a knowledgeable professor.
And I chose knowledge.
I chose to take the challenging course that I know will be very difficult, and will ruin my current “perfect” 4.0. But I think that’s okay.
Afterall, the path of least resistance is a paradox.