Friday, April 2, 2010
The result of SPM was just announced recently. Almost 7000 students scored straights A. Much has been said about girls outperforming boys in school examination. It also goes the same as why boys are outnumbered with girls at public universities. A lot of critics have been thrown to the boys. One may say that non-performance boys deserve it for not putting more effort, too lazy, play a lot and many more hurtful critics.
The point here, are girls really smarter than boys?
Well, exams are merely the regurgitation of facts, (universally stated, and mostly by men) that have been memorized by students. They do not really in any way encourage creative thinking. Sorry to say but one just need to be a good parrot with a photographic memory to excel in exams. You just memorize everything, with a little bit of understanding, then u can do well in ur exam.
The truth is, it appears that no one can explain why top scorers especially women, in general, usually fade into mediocrity or even oblivion when it comes to making it big in the real world. Nor did I say that all of them, but mostly. It appears that the one who become the top player of any fields in the world such as in economic, business, science, politics and etc. are men and most of them are not straight A’s students when they were in school.
To strengthen my point, take a good look around. Cars, bike, electric bulb, telephone, aircraft, television, computer, fabrics, and even Google, well, the list keep goes on, and guess who invented these all? MEN.
Do we see female participation in the invention of any of these great tools that have propelled men into the technological forefront? Nope, sorry, but I don’t think so.
Here are only a few names to proof my point. They are the great scientist, businessmen, inventor, hence they all were not a straight A’s students and they are a men.
Albert Einstein, the renowned scientist and mathematician of the 20th century, failed in school. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school. It might have taken him a bit longer, but he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize.
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al- Bukhary, the symbolic of true Malay and Muslim businessmen, only studied until form 5 because he can’t afford to study at that time. Then he started selling meat at market by his own. His determination starting paid off and the business started to take off. Now he is one of the top ten richest men in Malaysia, and one of the richest people in the world, worth billions of dollar, who managed to come out in the Forbes list.
Thomas Edison, who invented the bulb, where in his early years, teachers told Edison that he was too stupid to learn anything. Goes the same when he start working, he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. But now thanks to him, because of his invention, we have a light bulb.
All of these show that male might not be focused when in school but we always go on to achieve greater height later in life. So what do u wanna say girls?
Okay, women may claims that they are good in cooking. Hello, stop fooling urself, just look around, 3-stars hotels, 4-starts hotels, 5-starts hotels, who manage the kitchen? Who that always appears in TV in cooking channel? Who are the top and well-known chefs even in Malaysia? Well, u knew the answer. Likewise, women may be deft at tailoring but here again, men seem to rule when it comes to fashion and styling. Louis Vuitton, Versace and Jimmy Choo, REMEMBER?
The fact is, girls have all the fun of scoring A’s in school exams but it remains to be seen if they have what the boys have got when it comes to the real world. Sorry girls, no hard feeling, I’m just stating the fact. But to be fair, girls also have your own specialty. Good luck with that.
So boys, listen carefully, if we are underachievers, it’s okay, but don’t give up. Never ever give up. We still have our own talent and skills that nobody know, the talent and skills that only we know. Successful in life is not about how many A’s that u managed to obtain in exams, it’s way more than that.
If we have to sell burgers at the roadside, do it, it is an honest job. But at the same time, we should strive to open a string of burger stalls, create new recipes, maybe find a way how to make delicious burger than Burger King or Carl’s Junior, and never stop to look at opportunities to expand. Don’t be surprised if one day our burger stall will feed those friends who scored straight A’s and they might be crazy over our delicious burger.It is still a win-win situation guys. =)