Flunking is Succeeding

By: Amod Mathur

Flunking is a positive tool to motivate students to work harder in school. Teachers can use this tool to lead students to success in the long run.

In my personal experience, the possibility of flunking has always promoted my motivation of doing well in school. I study harder if the threat of not doing well is more prevalent, and I put more time and effort into work that is challenging because of the threat of flunking.

The flunking possibility also provides a threat to students by making them aware of consequences of not working hard. Flunking is known to be a negative factor in school, therefore students don’t want to fail, so they work harder to fulfill the need of success. Mary Sherry, an accomplished Newsweek writer states, “People of all ages can rise above their problems, but they need to have a reason to do so.” Flunking is that reason.

Students can learn their mistakes and how to improve if they flunk. In schoolwork, students have the opportunity to improve based on their mistakes. After observing what they have failed to do, they figure out how they can not make the same mistake again and do better.

As expressed in this article by school counselors in America, some people disagree about flunking as a positive tool. They believe that flunking is a negative tool because it is a “lifetime sentence” that produces low self esteem. Others, such as this professor from The University of Sydney, also claim that factors such as motivation to succeed, engagement with working, and peer relationships are disadvantaged because flunking is not a positive tool.

Although flunking can stop some students from success, it provides them with the knowledge of what mistakes they made so they can learn from them to succeed, and the temporary failure can be used to motivate the student even further. This educational blog post writes, “Failure can teach us that it is not that we are bad at something, just that we have to try a different method to find success.”

    Flunking students has been a controversial issue across the nation, and many people have differing opinions on how it should be used. Flunking is a positive teaching tool, and it should be used as a factor that always works to lead students to success in the long run.