Parents may push kids for 95 per cent marks, but the real reason is the post-secondary schools are looking only at kids with high grades — nursing this year is 94 per cent, engineering is 92 per cent.
So don’t blame the parents, blame the government for not supporting postsecondary institutions. The pressure for high grades has gotten to the point that many kids can never make it to post-secondary school without high grades. Randy Chomistek, Calgary
Most probably shouldn’t make it to post secondary. It’s largely a waste of time and money for the great majority anyways. Vocational training is much more appropriate.
Although it is necessary to have certain 'measuring sticks' for admittance into competitive academic programs, at the end of the day marks become meaningless. Person A will be a better nurse, for example, than person B because Person A had a 94% average and person B an 88%? Give me a break.