Have you ever met a situation where a child is forced to go to school? Some of us must have been dragged to school despite their most conscientious objections. And even for some the going to school might have been easier but the real point of going to school was never and perhaps is still not clear. The debate on the aims of education has ever been vital and more often than not, the real debate is eluded or even mismanaged especially in as much as the debate isn't posited in terms psycho-physical and socio-economic demands.
The key to human behavior is experiencing internal satisfaction and maintaining social relations at their optimal levels. Students are human beings who are going through similar psycho-physical conditions and are expected to grow and play certain roles in the social economy. This tension between the self and the society is the existential and political question of primary importance because it determines the scripts and roles of the society. Since these roles are linked to the educational institutions and these institutions use grading in apportioning labor value, it is imperative that one should get good grades. Yet, we should also ensure that we balance between our psycho-physical experiences and demands with the roles we get. This means that we should be able to find time for ourselves, and what better way is there for this than not to study?
In this case, we define ‘study' as "the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject by means of books”. Such a definition reminds us of the activities we partake in the course of acquiring an education and especially for how to get good grades in school. More often than not this practice or exercise tends to be intensive on details we can explicate on paper than on details we can demonstrate on a day to day life basis. This is because we tend to read more than we use, and at times it's possible that we may never use much of what we have read.
Another issue related with the reading of books as a major source of knowledge is the amount of time this exercise requires that it neglects a huge portion of an individual's psycho-physical demands. William James Sidis was well read and showed great promise as an academic yet he could hardly meet the psycho-physical demands of his existence. Many eminent thinkers and philosophers turned out to have ruined social and political lives on the simple account of reading beyond the expectations of their personal lives.
Yet, it should be possible for a human to have such a balanced life and still be able to show how to get good grades at school. Hesiod's account of the ages of humanity gives us adequate reason to believe that the ‘Golden times' were when all humans were free; and given that the limits of human nature have been fairly constant through time by virtue of biology and function then it can be inferred that there was such a time that students knew how to get good grades and not study.
In fact, historical and archaeological data shows that there was such a time when writing wasn't as ubiquitous as it is nowadays. Most writing was done by scribes, yet the availability of Scribes points at the presence of educational institutions. Therefore, people would pass through school without depending much on study.
If then this is the case then the golden period of human history was when students would know how to get good grades and not study. The golden age marked a period of freedom and excellence for all, but in our times we have most people living in poverty and privation and can hardly talk about political freedom, but humanity aspires at its highest level of existence, therefore, all humans need to ideally work to know how to get good grades and not study.
We have shown why it is important for one to know how to get good grades at school and how this task is accomplished by knowing how to get good grades and not study. But an important question remains; of what importance are books and publications then? To answer this question, we need to go back in history to find out why scribes wrote down what contemporary historians so cherish and protect. Some reasons are:
It is difficult to show how reading books is a necessary condition for knowing how to get good grades at university or getting good grades at a level. Since we have already shown how students in the golden age according to Hesiod managed to get good grades and not study, it follows that it is possible to know how to get good grades at university and not study. It is possible to get good grades at a level and not study.
Of the above reasons for having books we can infer that the most relevant reason for the student to use books is for continuous reference and affirmation of oral demonstration.
If knowledge is meant to be used in the urgency of psycho-physical development meeting the communal and socio-economic demands, then it follows that how to get good grades in school must be supported by constant dialogue between the student and teacher. In this case, the teacher must work to show how the knowledge relevant to the age set or age group is applied in meeting all the situations surrounding the student. This engagement implies that the only time the student and the teacher will have recourse to coursework on written format is when there's a need for clarification of concepts having arrived at some difficulty in the course of daily discourse.
Some historians wonder how it is that personalities like Pythagoras have so few exact details known about them. A probable reason is because knowledge and being were collective efforts and since this knowledge was alluded to the moderator of the conversation, then it would become difficult to decipher a singular personality in their works.
Such reasoning as this then opens up a new understanding of the most ancient and perhaps ‘holy' writings that have been passed from age to age. Such literature tends to have the claim of divinity behind them since they can't be ascribed to a single person and yet hold the highest truths demonstrable in the discourses of their times.
This realization then brings us to the question of how to get good grades and not study and the requisite conditions that must be met for it to pass as true.
How to get good grades at a level is dependent on the following conditions:
These conditions form the core of the enumerationist schools in Indian philosophy and can be shown to have been shared by the Pythagoreans and the Socratic schools and that they were established in ancient Egypt and other continents of the world. These conditions had their own demands that we look at next.
For the student to know how to get good grades in school and not study, he/she needs to be able to perceive things as they are and not as he/she wishes them to be. This condition goes back to lessons that humans have learned over the ages that humans tend to see the world as they desire, and because the laws of the universe are hardly fitted to ignorant desire then it becomes necessary for the human to learn new ideas and concepts that inform the optimal life. Such is the role of initiation among students. Most initiations are painful in the sense that they wean an initiate off wrong lessons that may be carried into the new social and economic situation. For example, circumcision for both girls and boys has been used in the ethnic setting for the purpose of showing how sacrifice is needed for social order.
That is, the central idea behind perfect perception is sacrifice in and on the relevant context. Historically, the ultimate sacrifice is on the tree of life like in the case of Odin or Christ. According to the Pythagorean tradition this sacrifice of the self is presented in an ascetic tradition which is also the yoga tradition in the Indian subcontinent.
How to get good grades at school involves a sense of self sacrifice. One must not be too dependent on pleasure, or too aversive to pain or indifferent to the neutral stimuli. This definitely means that there must be some form of mental and self-training that conduces such a state. This training is what Patanjali calls ‘the science of overcoming the inhibitions of the mind' and is articulated in the ‘Ashtanga' or 8 limbs.
Once we know how to have perfect perception, we need to ensure that we know and understand the science of logic. This skill enables us to identify ideas and concepts that are implied in situations and their truth values and is the various consistencies that apply to them. Logic is a skill that is learned through the use of demonstration rather than through a passive kind of reading. In any case if one reads a logic textbook and avoids practicing it in daily life then it becomes difficult for the person to know how to get good grades at university or how to get good grades at a level.
The last requisite condition for how to get good grades and not study is the appreciation of authority by the student. This means that a student no longer has to make references ad infinitum in a bid to find authentic knowledge. One must trust the professor for guidance in all discourse if they are to know how to get good grades at university. In fact, how to get good grades at a level is entirely contingent on how one relates with the authorities available. The first indication that a student may not show how to get good grades at school is how they relate with their masters and teachers.
If one has met the conditions above, then they are in a position to be truly intelligent and adaptively optimal in all situations. They can then know how to reverse engineer situations and derive optimal algorithms or methods that can help them know how to get good grades in school.
The only important thing to remember here are the grounds of epistemology or knowledge for all knowledge that adheres to the oral tradition that we have outlined in this article. The grounds are provable using Euclidean geometry in the so called ‘golden flower' that provides the model for all golden civilizations. In this case, the circle represents an atom and the whole universe is modeled by joining and interactions of atoms to create new things.
Construction of the golden flower using a pair of compasses and a ruler like in the ancient tradition reveals that a whole complex of circles is dependent on 5 basic circles with four circles forming the four basic elements. Assuming that each circle is both a geometric and physical entity we can derive the peculiarity of each circle and thus deduce its essential quality.
If all things can then be reduced into the four elements, then we can reverse engineer every question or obstacle on our path and create fitting algorithms for them.
We have shown how to get good grades and not study as essential for a student's excellence and flourish by explicating the conditions of a good education and the necessity of not studying as a means of how to get good grades in school. The rest is for us to practice.