Straight-A vs Flunking Students: Do Good Grades Matter?



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      1. Edin

        You should do a Pro gamer (not a proffesional gamer but somebody that doesn't hate gaming) vs Anti gamer

      2. whomwhomwhomyeaaah

        Bruh when one of the girls talked about math compared from middle school to HS it’s sooo true, I struggled in middle school because of the way they taught math and got b- and c and now in high school I take math honors and have an A+. I was just really in my head

      3. Harry Spotts

        please do this but with college students

      4. CuteintheFace ThickintheWaist

        Hey @Jubilee Is there any way you can add Korean captions to this? I teach ESL classes and this video would be greeeat to show them!!!

      5. DistortedV12

        One of my favorite episodes Jubilee. I'm in grad school now and relate more with latter, but this really shows how social factors, or being socially acceptable, influence how kids look at the world..automotive tech, taking care of my parents, parents never did college, mental health but wanting to make parents proud vs. "trying to get out", "working my ass off," "take education for granted", "successful". Really interesting!

    2. Nipe Hero

      Video ends at 20:18 (2018😁) This defines how smart I am! 🤣

    3. henry

      I adore how willing these young adults are to actively listen and empathize with each other. this is what it's like to truly come to terms with the other side^^

    4. Game Vs Game

      My stress went up watching this video

    5. keph

      Naema & Tanzy 😍

    6. Rithik Dutta

      Straight A. Believes grades "define" intelligence

    7. Raechel M

      This was super interesting because during high school I went from a “Straight A” student in gifted or advanced classes to a “flunking” student in my last couple of years due to mental illness. So I can really see both sides of the story. I really agree with Grace when she said she doesn’t always feel she deserves her grades. I was protected from my lack of attendance and late project hand ins because teachers remembered when I was a ‘good’ student and so gave me more support and leeway than I think I would have gotten had I been a more average or lower grade student for my whole time at high school. Really interesting to look back on this time in my life as I’m about to graduate university next year 😁

    8. Eli Walker

      I get 8 hours of sleep every night, barely try in school, but still have straight A’s, in honors classes, shits ez pz these mfs didn’t grind that hard

    9. Eli Walker

      As a straight A student, epic

    10. Eli Walker

      Funny that you bring them together like there aren’t already tons of straight a and failing students in school 😂 they already know each other lmao

    11. gen

      ima need randy’s @

    12. Brooklyn Crabtree

      Just gonna say that the teens are so much more mature than adults 😂

    13. Kyle Abosch

      my gpa is 3.74 and weighted 4.413, but my dream school is UPenn and I know I won’t get in

    14. kangarushi

      he looks like the type of person who microwaves their bread so that it's warm when they dip it into their almond milk

    15. Desr2003

      they all look like full blown college students idk they was in high school

    16. griffin

      Cooper could get it

    17. Ross Cardenas

      dont like the format

    18. Aaron Robertson

      like if you’re on the flunking side

    19. Benji Missy

      And like and like and like and like and like

    20. tom lewis

      Nadia, stop going to fast food restaurants, and STUDY

    21. john earley

      thank y’all for making this

    22. CaptainA

      I’ve been in both types. I started school late AND I failed a grade and yet I managed to skip 2 years just to graduate high school on time. I was a straight F student when I was younger and yet I graduated college with straight A’s and a 4.0 GPA. I was LUCKY that it happened!! I found a teacher who really believed in me as much as my parents did, that changed it all for me

    23. 5678 Tutorials

      Just graduate and you’ll be fine

    24. King Anatta

      Damn grades = security of the person

    25. Oskar Ngo

      High school work load is a joke; compared to real workplace workload. At work, no one gives a dam about your grades in high school or college.

    26. Layla Callander

      14:38 soo me

    27. hannah_m k

      It's easy to get A's in USA tho..

    28. faithfully yours

      this episode is so wholesome, esp the end :') i honestly needed this too cause i'm so focused on grades that i forget to do things i actually want to do

    29. bixy stars

      They all in highschool lol , grades dont matter there

    30. Kristina Lipe

      I’m in a school that I’m probably one of the best students in the classes I take, even tho I’m an immigrant from Europe, I moved 3 months ago, and that really makes me feel sad for some reason because I feel that kids in the USA haven’t yet felt how it is to have a very strict education as the one and Europe and so they don’t try their best. In Europe we used to have 5 hours of homework per day in 7th grade and now I have 1 hour per week which makes me feel uncomfortable or weird. I don’t know if I make any sense but I believe that if everyone tried their best in the school I am attending, it would change my perspective a lot more, but for now the only thing I see are kids that don’t try their best.

    31. Wolf Aja

      I was born deaf and here I am with three college classes while I’m in high school as a junior. Who knew the deaf kid would get his hearing and within ten years be one of the highest ranking students in my school. I just think if I was born deaf and out perform people who have everything to their disposal why can’t they do better? Sure I don’t really understand English or writing as much as most people do but I feel like understanding any amount of reading and writing is a win. I don’t understand why people who have the nicest cars and the newest phones and the biggest houses don’t try as hard as me who every other morning has to fix my vehicle and work on my house and try to get my phone to work. I’m happy that I am able to follow my dreams and out perform others but at the same time I don’t think I should be topping my class as again I was born deaf and have issues with getting to school because of my vehicle. I’d like to say that people just need to try because even the deaf kid understands language.

    32. Beavis Schwettyweiner

      Oy, why is your English teacher a bloody racist because you got C's in her class

    33. Marie C

      Honestly, grades are such a hard thing for me to think about. I remember I was completing the square for ellipse equations. My teacher wanted to tell me I had to square 9 on the other side. He pointed to 9 on the left and said "You see, this 9 may look like a 9, but it's actually not." My school was the "smart school" and the school wanted us to find the solutions instead of being taught. The math tests were especially hard because they only gave you 6-8 questions, and the last few ones are designed to need you to "apply your knowledge in foreign concepts." I knew so many people who gave me weird faces when I told them I had a C in that one physics class freshmen year. Or when they tell me it's a given that they had all A's. My school also had both privileged and non-privileged people. Basically making this background hierarchy of jealousy and all. Heck when I do try hard and do good, people copy off my sheets and try to act like it wasn't obvious they peeked. School is weird.

    34. Lizbeth Rosete

      Private schools vr public school! I would love to be part of it :)

    35. TheBomberCat

      Procrastinating my essay by watching this

    36. Kamesa Newton

      This made me feel better about being a teenager 😭

    37. AestheticHobo

      I do think some grades define your intelligence. I mean if you have to do 1+1 and you don't get it correctly then you might need a little help to get there. And at the end of the day, it shows what you've learned and know about the topic. You can pass math but fail science. Your intelligence in math is high, yet your intelligence in science is low.

    38. mohamed hussein

      Damn these guys knew how to make a constructive debate!!... Unlike those idiots who spoke about the earth being flat

    39. Isabely Fujii

      I just loved all of them

    40. Muzzardonmyfeet

      I need cooper’s insta

    41. Victor the Kid

      Man, every single one of these kids was cringeworthy. Cept Randy.

    42. Sara Cabrera (Counselor AfterSchool)

      Flunking high school students who are now straight A college students v.s. Straight A high school students who are now flunking college. I would love to be on an episode.

    43. Random Things

      As someone who has never studied in highschool, when i told everyone i want get into Computer Science they all got their jaws dropped. *You know how much maths there is for that?* *Can you even program a little?* *You barely passed economics, programming is WAAY harder* But that did not stop me, i got into college and just as it was in highschool, i am still not studying failing all classes except Programming, it's something i LOVE and will always chase. Meaby if i put 200 hours into english i'll be a much better english speaker, and while it's true that you also need the english language, that doesn't mean i should learn every single thing that's connected to programming and lose my real sight of what i'm truly after and what's just something i'll need if i start a career 10 years after or if i get a job at NASA.

    44. Becca Morran

      private vs public school

    45. Sarah Marina

      These kids were more well spoken then most adults on here

    46. Oozma Kappin

      I’m sorry but when do teachers grade on the basis of personal relationship? I feel like that’s just an excuse to fall on haha

    47. David B

      A “letter grade” will definitely make it easier to have a successful career, it is possible to do it without degrees with passion and drive but it is more difficult, so we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that the whole concept is useless and doesn’t define anything. You can’t compare a straight A student and someone who gets 5% in every test and say you can’t assume the straight A is most likely smarter

    48. Phenix

      As a top student at my school, my opinion is that it really depends on the person themselves Often with top students, they sacrifice social time or time in the "real world" to study/etc This is my theory on why most high performers are generally more solitary This means they lack experience on how to deal with the real world when they leave school, which is why most struggle (having not had a job before, etc) Whereas if your not a top student you generally have other things going on as well, such as a part time job or other money making interests.

    49. DaPlayaAndMovieMaka

      Haven't watched it yet. I didn't flunk out of school. But I've never gotten an a in my whole college career. I think I'm going to lean towards flunking

    50. Duke Necromancer

      I used to be very antisocial and perfectionist in mentality. I tried so hard for so long and was on the side of being a “gifted” student. I was top of my class most lessons and one day i just got so good i gave up. I decided to drop everything rational and logical to explore creativity and freedom in art, dance and design. So i got passes on everything no A’s even though i was predicted all A’s. So i put all my eggs from one basket to a different one. My level of intellect definitely had the capability and capacity for all A’s however it also made me realise my intelligence is better suited to creativity rather than logic. As a very logical person i reached that point where I realised the only way to expand my intelligence is to be completely illogical and spontaneous to become creative.

    51. Mickayla Tieu

      i would like to maybe see people with strict parents vs non-strict parents. i think itd be good to watch and for people to see other perspectives.

    52. Jess ._.

      "I don't think my grades show how intelligent I am" *vocabulary only consists of comprehend*

    53. Kayla Kelly

      Shout out to the students that got straight As and flunked in Highschool.

    54. Krish Dutta

      Randy is a lot smarter than Grace, tell me I’m wrong

    55. Reggie K

      Tall people VS Short people

    56. Ashley River

      YES. They finally did it!!!!!

    57. Saucy Memes

      cooper is an adult man and he sounds like spongebob without the laugh

    58. Saucy Memes

      the flunking students parents are the kind of people who treat their kid like a friend and not like their child and responsibility

    59. Saucy Memes

      grace is the kid who always corrects the teacher

    60. Raquel Covarrubias

      Lmao she basically said I wanna be a nurse but if I actually try I'll be a neurosurgeon

    61. eggs eggs

      Cooper is a cool dude

    62. Johnny C

      I knew this kid in high school and the dude was a fuckin genius but failed all his classes. He always understood the work but just didn’t like to do it. He loved drawing and skating and that’s all he ever did. I remember being in group project with him and everyone in the group told him he had to actually do some work or they wouldn’t let him get the credit for it and he literally did the whole project by himself better than we could have done together. Grades do not show how intelligent you are, the show how committed you are to doing the work.

    63. Mr Irrelevant

      Grades show your understanding. intelligence is not just understanding things

    64. Bro_lansky

      I unsubscribed because she said Xbox but not PlayStation

    65. Dayrone Johnson

      The school system subconsciously prepares children to be employees.

    66. A Random Programmer

      Grades show how good you can memorize useless knowledge.

    67. Cooper Watkins

      The girl said her english teacher was racist, I kinda want more info on this, like how did she find out?

    68. Hamza Al-asadi

      The kid in the black shirt really pisses me off, he also seems lost considering what he said about how hanging out with his friends is better than school

      1. Julian Arikape

        Hamza Al-asadi seems like the only like is yours

    69. Blue Raccoon

      Girl: *gets an A in high school* "if I want to, ill go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon"

    70. Selena Santos Rodriguez

      They should do teacher vs students