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

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  • Jubilee
    Jubilee  14 days ago +1254

    Thanks to CuriosityStream for sponsoring this episode! Go to for unlimited access to the world’s top documentaries and non­fiction series, and for our fans, enter the promo code ‘jubilee’ when prompted during the sign­up process and your membership is completely free for the first 30 days.

    • Edin
      Edin 3 days ago

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

    • whomwhomwhomyeaaah
      whomwhomwhomyeaaah 12 days ago

      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

    • Harry Spotts
      Harry Spotts 12 days ago +2

      please do this but with college students

    • CuteintheFace ThickintheWaist
      CuteintheFace ThickintheWaist 12 days ago +1

      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!!!

    • DistortedV12
      DistortedV12 12 days ago +1

      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!

  • EZ Fuzzy
    EZ Fuzzy 10 minutes ago

    I guess the only goal should be is learning through failure, how to avoid failure.. and the only way you learn that is by experiencing failure.. nothing more nothing less..

  • Jojo !
    Jojo ! 52 minutes ago +1

    Ok everyone talking about Randy and Cooper thing here's the deal
    Coopers: Smart but
    Randy: is relatable

  • Josh
    Josh 6 hours ago

    forced LOL

  • Max Walls
    Max Walls 8 hours ago

    These are some old looking hs students

  • Okay_ Steven
    Okay_ Steven 9 hours ago +4

    Like this if you’re a flunking student too😂

  • cesar leon
    cesar leon 10 hours ago

    what do you guys think is harder when you are older, to feel you wasted too much time studying and not being out and enjoy those days when you were young and will never come back, or to feel that you could have better grades and that could make you land a better job?

  • cesar leon
    cesar leon 11 hours ago

    straight A are all gangsta until see China exams, lol.

  • Kay S.
    Kay S. 11 hours ago +1

    I really enjoyed this, it was so interesting. I loved how they were able to disagree and have different perspectives and still respect each other. Side note, I would so have deep conversations with Cooper lol he's so wise and genuine.

  • Robert Gandara
    Robert Gandara 12 hours ago

    college students who work versus college students in fraternities/ sororities

  • Olivia W
    Olivia W 12 hours ago

    Private School vs Public School Please!!!

  • Erin McCoy
    Erin McCoy 12 hours ago

    I wish every flunking student was like Nadia. She understood that her grades were consequences of her actions and she didn’t pity herself for getting bad grades or making bad decisions. She didn’t blame her problems on anyone else, which not a lot of students do.

  • Davidstonian
    Davidstonian 12 hours ago

    Lmao I took algebra in 7th grade

  • Ben Helmet
    Ben Helmet 12 hours ago

    Im a flunking high school student but now I'm at university studying mathematical physics and getting good grades (but not straight A's). so i understand both sides quite well.
    I believe in working smarter because working harder only gets you a little bit better each day while worker smarter can revolutionise the way you think about things and i think if you are failing you are thinking about it all wrong.

  • Luca Dolan Ruiz
    Luca Dolan Ruiz 14 hours ago

    As somebody who had to drop out at the beginning of my senior year of high school in December 2018 due to stuff such as really bad mental health, it's crazy how many of the comments (although enlightening at times) really trigger me. So many people's thoughts and attitudes towards these things are so toxic. These teens in the video were so awesome though!

  • Yogi
    Yogi 16 hours ago

    I love this debate

  • tobo86
    tobo86 17 hours ago

    Lions vs deer! I know you can make it happen

  • Hosocks
    Hosocks 20 hours ago

    Lmao this video gave me the courage to finish my essay thats due in like 2 days.

  • Sarah Perez
    Sarah Perez 22 hours ago +1

    cooper can have all my uwu’s

  • The Gaming Foot 1
    The Gaming Foot 1 22 hours ago

    Grades do not depict intelligence at all. Albert Einstein would fail his classes yet he was a genius.

  • Megan Axelía Carrington-Ráðvarðurdóttir

    I really do not want to be a farmer like my ma and pa, that’s what’s motivating me to get straight As😂

  • Elle
    Elle 23 hours ago +1

    i wouldve loved to have someone who flunked classes for the reasons I did. I am smart, but i also have depression and anxiety and it really got in the way of my school work. I took AP classes and got a 28 on my ACT, but I failed a standard class and didn't even have close to a 3.0 GPA, because I had mental health issues 3 separate suicide attempts in high school and was hospitalized at one point. I know that I'm smart, and I know that I couldn't have made straight A's. Had I not had such a struggle with mental health I might have been top of my class, but I did so I was in the bottom third. BTW I'm out of high school, and living my absolute best life now. grades matter, but an F isnt a death sentence.

  • Daniel Cendejas
    Daniel Cendejas 23 hours ago

    Put the straight A kids in a real life situation and they are screwed.


    "I know how it feels like sitting at a desk at 11 at night..."
    *COLLEGE: hahahahhahah
    I'm 'bout to ruin this man*

  • noob animations
    noob animations Day ago

    Ohhhhhh, daamn. Were both 16 yet I look like their little brother.

  • Ethan Dalzell
    Ethan Dalzell Day ago

    mellow teachers make me work harder no cap

  • Nephron Pie
    Nephron Pie Day ago

    Sophomores look so much younger than they're shown in hollywood flicks!

  • Vanessa Berimbau
    Vanessa Berimbau Day ago +1

    So no one is gonna mention that they look way older

  • Andrew Rivera
    Andrew Rivera Day ago

    So are we not gonna talk about the fact that Tanzy is a 16 year old HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AND COLLEGE FRESHMAN?

  • Mail The Destroyer

    The straight-a kids talking about how they’re self esteem comes from getting an A is so sad to me. Like if that helps them it’s fine but it sounds like it’s the only thing that matters to them.

    • Mail The Destroyer
      Mail The Destroyer Day ago

      They also keep saying they feel successful and they want to feel “successful” by getting good grades and going to college :/

  • Carson Morris
    Carson Morris Day ago

    Grades define intelligence:
    To an extent however it’s really more about hard work, obviously if you are gifted in the area of math you will probably have a higher math grade but it doesn’t necessarily directly correlate
    Anyone can get good grades if they work hard enough:
    Absolutely. I don’t really see any other side to this argument, if you put in all your time and effort you can defiantly get good grades
    I can’t relate to the other side:
    I easily can considering I procrastinate so bad that I fluctuate between flunking and straight A’s all the time.
    My parents help me with my work:
    They are supportive and encourage me not to procrastinate but my work is usually beyond them.
    I deserve the grades I get: Absolutely there’s really nothing else to it
    I want to go to college: Yes I would like to go into aerospace and astronautical engineering
    I am smart: yeah sure I have a lot of useless knowledge but I think I also have a lot of useful knowledge

  • emilee marie
    emilee marie Day ago

    ok but why is randy kinda cute😳

  • GameFuMaster
    GameFuMaster Day ago +1

    "senior year in high school and freshman at college". I don't get this.

    • Soz Ziad
      Soz Ziad 6 hours ago

      Same .. like what did she mean by that ?

  • T R E V O R
    T R E V O R Day ago

    lmao im a randy type

  • koala winwinnie
    koala winwinnie Day ago

    0:55 I don’t care what any of you mfs say thats peter bloody Parker

  • Wyatt Sullivan
    Wyatt Sullivan Day ago

    Cooper sound like one of the chipmunks

  • fieryelf
    fieryelf Day ago +1

    Enjoy going into debts for the next 2 decades for going to college and university kids. I'm rolling in money while most people my age can't even afford to put money aside for their retirement.

  • Traged Tea
    Traged Tea Day ago

    I want to be friends with Randy. He spoke really closely to reality.

  • payton morris
    payton morris Day ago +2

    I feel like this didn’t give a very good grasp of flunking kids cause they only asked freshman, they should’ve thrown in like a junior or senior that’s been through the whole process of high school

  • danielle delaney

    Drop Cooper’s @

  • Zone Dron
    Zone Dron Day ago

    grades don't define how smart you are, you have to work hard, einstein was not a straight a student a lot of genesis weren't strait a students

  • Talia Spencer
    Talia Spencer Day ago

    Cooper is so attractive tho

  • Dragos Tudosa
    Dragos Tudosa Day ago

    As a first year student in university, I can really relate to all of the students in the video, I remember when I was a kid I had this integrated perspective of where I HAD to get good grades like A's in order to be "successful" in school AND life. But right now I am more of a flunking student where I don't really worry too much about grades but I still have to be aware about them in order to progress through my program. I must be frank but I am glad to separate from the belief I had before where "grades are everything"! They really aren't because all they mean is that you either know the concepts of a subject in school or that you just work your butt off for those grades. Hard work matters in life but in terms of a school environment, unless you want to aim really big for a good job or career, I just don't see how they really matter in the long term. I can't even see how grades define me as a person because since I was 16 or 17, my views of grades have changed almost completely and I know that I favour the LEARNING part more than just hard work. So as a flunking student, I don't see flunking entirely bad but with academic success, I am still aware that it can get you far in your future career and maybe in life. However, grades, like getting a degree, don't ALWAYS guarantee you success later on in life or in your career, because there are many other qualities that we all need to have besides hard work that can give us that added advantage or boost in whatever your career is such as creativity, pleasure of research, problem-solving skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, you name it. As a whole, I really enjoyed seeing both sides of the student's views and stories and that I could relate to.

  • Lil HBB
    Lil HBB Day ago

    A’s work for C’s

  • Amanda Winfrey
    Amanda Winfrey Day ago +2

    "I'm going into my senior year in high school and I am also a freshman in college"

    I didnt know that was POSSIBLE

  • Mike Ayensu-Mensah

    STEM majors vs Liberal arts? I'd love to see that conversation

    (i wouldn't mind being on it either)

  • EzMarz
    EzMarz Day ago

    I just wish I had a time machine to go back in time and make school adjust to teach you better and teach you things you actually need in life

  • Steve Jovan
    Steve Jovan Day ago

    Hint a failure to comprehend something is a Fundamental learning problem!!
    Start asking if you want fries with that!!
    Lazy and not being a good learner has a fast food future!

  • Steve Jovan
    Steve Jovan Day ago

    So your teacher is giving you C grades but you are doing A work?? All because you are black?

  • Steve Jovan
    Steve Jovan Day ago

    By definition if you are not getting good grades you are failing as grades are a function of many metrics not one!

  • tattoodrdoke
    tattoodrdoke Day ago

    Some jobs require college/university as they are more vocational. Some jobs you can do an apprenticeship or he unskilled. If your not a journeyman and you become great at what you do and your hungry to progress and have opportunities you never waste you will progress. I know two people who are new money millionaires both didn't go to university.

  • Dayne64
    Dayne64 Day ago

    Cooper isn't a real person. He look like he some NPC in a cutscene

  • Writing Board
    Writing Board Day ago

    Good grades are indicative of hard work, faith in yourself, persistence, discipline, and the ability to make logical connections, and therefore those with high IQ usually do well. Those who don't do well tend to lack the above positive qualities. Poor grade students show creativity and other positive qualities, but higher grade students can also have these qualities. Therefore, the world is run by those with high grades (politicians, doctors, lawyers, Wall Street, etc).

  • Gtcinfinite
    Gtcinfinite Day ago

    I truly don't believe grades define your intelligence. For example, you can study a lot, memorize things and get and A, and that doesn't make you smart or intelligent, it just makes you a dedicated student, which is different. But you can be both, a dedicated student that is intelligent. On the other hand, there are many students that are lazy, but they are pretty smart, so they can still get good grades, maybe not straight A's because they don't give 100% of their effort, but good grades overall.

    I think intelligence is related to your capacity to solve a problem, any type of problem, and being a straight A student doesn't guarantee that you have the tools to solve a problem, and being a flunking student doesn't mean that you won't be able to solve a problem.

    (P.S., english is not my first language, so I'm sorry if I didn't elaborate properly).

  • Molly Diane
    Molly Diane Day ago +3

    Okay, but Cooper can break my heart.

  • Bella Gamez
    Bella Gamez Day ago

    Hi Cooper I’m in love with you oml

  • Shanika Anderson

    people are here talking about copper and randy, and I'm here like grey shirt, black shirt...

  • Francesca Buonanno

    Grades don't matter, you can suck at school but maybe you will be a doctor.

    • ICYkoncept
      ICYkoncept Day ago

      You picked the worst picked one of the few professions that absolutely need a degree, and the only way to get those is have good grades and test well.

      No one wants a C student doctor...including you.

  • gαlαxy
    gαlαxy Day ago +1

    During my school years I had been bullied for being a straight A student and also it was not my choice since my mom wanted it so much. I never felt proud of being a good student so this video makes me feel weird. Anyone else?

  • cillian murphy
    cillian murphy Day ago +6

    Tanzy is so stuck in her own world and its honestly sad, she is so set on grades defining her and it couldn't be further from the truth in my opinion

    • Y Dub
      Y Dub 11 hours ago

      cillian murphy they matter to get into college and sometimes to getting the job position but there are other ways to succeed in life. I totally agree with everything you said tho!

    • cillian murphy
      cillian murphy 11 hours ago +2

      @Y Dub it's not the fact grades don't matter they matter quite a bit but grades don't define intelligence and are not a symbol of future success in life

    • Y Dub
      Y Dub 13 hours ago +1

      cillian murphy that’s facts, she will realize how much grades don’t matter once she goes into the real world. Once you get a professional job, your boss doesn’t give you grades for your work lmao