Do you agree with the view that educational qualifications are a very unreliable measure of a person’s true abilities

? Intro: • • As society progresses, there is a decreasing emphasis on academic achievements This is because of higher education standards – one often competes for a job with people on the same educational level as us, leaving non-academic attributes as the true litmus test of ability Breaking of stereotypes: No longer is an intelligent person, a smart person, or a wholly capable individual. Why? Because academics are only one aspect of an individual “Everybody’s a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing that it’s stupid” – Albert Einstein. The same concept goes for depending largely on academics to ascertain one’ full potential. A very unreliable measure if used exclusively.

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TS1: Educational qualifications fail to reveal intangible and often valuable attributes, if such can be measured in the first place. • Education is only one aspect of an individual’s abilities, seeking to quantify and qualify one’s intelligence. • They overlook how a person, albeit less academically inclined, may have excellent characteristics and attributes like social adaptability, a high emotional quotient, street-smart, resourceful, tenacious etc. • E.g. Helps one excel in teambuilding for example, essential life-skill in corporate world – ability to work in team determines leadership, effective communication, key to keeping a job. • The assumption today is that good academics = capable person, this is false – having intelligence and knowing how to best use it as leverage are two different ideas. • E.g. Harvard graduates that leave with less-than-stellar grades do better each year in respective fields than those graduating with straight As.

her singing prowess responsible for her illustrious career had nothing to do with those qualifications. • E. ignoring all that makes us human – computers can be academically smart too! TS2: Educational qualifications are thus even less adequate to measure one’s competency when a job scope involved is independent of one’s academic ability. Footballers – David Beckham. Yet. There is no possible ‘standard’ assessment for one’s singing ability. • Tangible abilities and talents may be more important to determine one’s true ability. • • We call this a mismatching of skills and qualifications. it is subjective too. Wayne Rooney – all lack very high academic qualifications. • It is more important then to find person with a matching skill rather than academic excellence of corresponding level. there is no correlation between the level of the former and that of economic or social success in many cases.g. • It is not that academics may be inadequate. it is almost redundant in such scenarios where one does not require a large degree of academic success to be successes in their own right. yet they excel at their job.Often had skills unsuited for academic study as opposed to practical. . academic brilliance is only a subset of ‘talent’ or ‘ability’ • E. hands-on creative process – Steve Jobs. which is playing football. • The old adage “It is not what you know but who you know” also holds true – networking opportunities are not delivered on a silver platter to excellent achievers if they are deficient in social skills/ cultivating positive relationships with clients/leaving good impression/confidence. the kind of occupational success her qualifications then warranted.g Recording Artists – Mariah Carey was discovered waiting tables. Academic qualification had little influence on the person’s competency. • Reducing someone’s capability to his academics is to make man onedimensional and superficial.

there is no way to determine a candidate’s suitability to fill in a certain portfolio. business. However educational qualifications represent one’s ability at that particular moment in time. • These mark a growth in one’s abilities. a dynamic and not a static concept. • Yet they often become trained with life-skills like cooking. not educationally as qualified is the oft-heard refrain. Counter: TS1: Yet educational qualifications speak volumes about necessary intelligence and one’s attitude toward approaching a task. cultivated and honed. Ex-convicts– dismissed by employers and society alike. • Many times people lose hope when one does poorly in an academic sense. management. Hence qualifications risk being inaccurate judges of one’s ability. even being condescending. not accurately reported or conveyed through grades. hospitality. for example. • Many jobs require theoretical and practical knowledge of the field and without academic qualifications. • E. repair work. sewing. . economically viable skills as they integrate into society.TS3: Ability is in itself. grown. • • One can lose or gain more of an ability. ignoring how ability can be nurtured. pick up new abilities. • A Biomedical Engineer’s talent and passion for the sciences are revealed through his/her qualifications in that degree. It is superficial to say that a certain piece of educational qualification represents a person’s true ability in the time prior or following such an assessment.g. • There is never a point that people’s abilities become static and grades/certs fail to reflect that reality – paper qualifications only reinforce how one is defined by that period in life.

‘Meaningless noise from talentless people. educational qualifications are a rather good reliable of one’s abilities. ever changing set of genres? . perseverance and patience for example.’ – Is this a fair assessment of popular music today? Intro: Pop music referring to one genre. • Yet they must be complemented by unaccountable and intangible traits such as resilience.• Insofar as a job demands sound knowledge of the workings of a subject or specialty area. • Truth is. or a loose. can we expect to know him better? Because saying we can see his true ability implies that this perception will become the be all and end all to one’s abilities. manufactured by calculating corporations for purely commercial gain. • If the person himself is not fully aware of his abilities. TS2: Questioning the notion of ‘true’ abilities • It is subjective and is thus seen by the subjective realities of people around them. there is no reliable measure for abilities as it were.

under the guise of slick corporate and commercial packaging/marketing for the sole gain of profits. an art form – and hence inherently subjective. and vice versa. daylight robbery too big to see. remaining a common ground for the confluence of trends. Justin Bieber markets everything from jeans to nail polish. In fact pop music has continued to function as an easily accessible platform for masses to music. forgetting that songs and music remain at its core. quality control and uniqueness. easily accessible. • Amidst today’s celebrity cult culture. • Many frustrated. has widespread reach. • Popular music today remains.• Essay question assumes that pop music has become a collective of untalented individuals who make noise. it has retained no positive impact? No. there is already a flawed assumption that there are universally accepted forms of superior and inferior genres/songs. given the digital age and ease of information spread via the new media • • Perfect medium – non-violent . • By labeling ‘pop music’ as such. • Unfair to treat pop music as an euphemism for the capitalist vehicle. • Yet. the pop cultural zeitgeist. Ever more important. TS1: Popular music is the platform for the spread of social causes • • Done through music. and even more prominently. in the music. Empowerment . feel that pop music has simply been an avenue for economic exploitation. losing artistic integrity. can we say that for all of pop music’s evolution. targeted directly at his audience of pre-teen girls. the superstars of the popular music scene are often used to sell anything to the masses. as one big empty vessel making much noise.

embracing insecurity. it does not mean that it is lacking in talent. • Just because pop music is popular. • Often many tread the fine line of controversy. U2’s Bono uses his music to promote humanitarian efforts and charity. Social causes demand devotion of huge time and energy. Tony Benett and Amy Winehouse. multiplying the reach ten-fold or thousand-fold. TS2: To deem pop music as meaningless and existing solely for economic gain is a devastating subversion of musical passion. Hard to assert that they are all cold calculated moves. one can only maintain a veneer of artifice temporarily.g Glee. • Many talented.g. Pink. • Can inspire generations to come – e. displayed by the leaders of pop music today. from talented individuals with a heart – such social causes may boost popularity and thus sales. acceptance. Spirit of collaboration – Kayne West and Jay-Z. • E. diversity.• E. but ultimately. and occasionally cross it – certainly not at the request of record companies who fear a slip in popularity. • Meaningful messages.g. • Amplified by cult status following of fans who are likely to propagate the same message. unique artists have a passion for their craft and try their best to balance the interests of record companies while maintaining their artistic integrity and honoring the creative process • Green Day – accused of ‘selling out’ – continued to maintain many punk elements with mainstream tracks. Christina Aguilera. Beyonce an inspiration to bigger women… to larger issues like Japan Earthquake Aid concerts. • Dedicated to introducing new musical insights. Beatles and their antiestablishment rhetoric. Lady Gaga: message of love. desecrating an art form and corrupts the representation of artistic endeavor. creative insights .

Pop retains highest popularity with over 75% of American youths expressing interest in following (SoundScan. pop music represents a constantly changing set of attitudes that hold significance in the lives of listeners. Respect for their work is evident in lyrics – pop music characterized by easily identifiable subject matter and themes that many associate with – struggle between artist and label exemplifies their passion and artistic integrity. • Michael Jackson not only had a social cause to push. Representing any certain set of attitudes and identities for listeners to try on in their formative years for example. is included. 2007) • Despite its commerciality. there would be a dearth of teenage individuality arising from the music industry. • • Pop music has long been thought of as the thread of social fabric.• • Grammy’s are a celebration of artistic endeavor. with back-up dancers. while at the same time leaving enough room for individuality – popular music today is far from meaningless – a glance through someone’s playlist and you have an impression of them. he was extremely devoted to perfecting his craft and pioneering revolutionary music video concepts that have become the benchmark till today – Thriller MV – the first short movie cum music video ever produced. labels and record companies are very much in tune with the tastes of the listener. • The above only rises from a diverse pool of talent in the industry making music – if all stars were manufactured. fully aware of the need for dynamic . • Pop music’s value lies in how it provides the individual in society with a sense of social security – that one belongs to the masses. TS3: More than any branch of pop culture. group.

• Resort to funding from product placement and sponsors. so as to give more artistic freedom. it does not matter in the end what the motive of record companies are – the benefits as mentioned above do not change. people’s lives are still touched. Conclusion: At the end of the day. improved along the way.and robust and individualistic individuals to be in the industry for the listeners to look up to. However. always watched by record companies to ensure that they remain economically viable • • Constant pressure from their labels E. Amongst strategically placed products in a music video and the record label’s frowning executive. whatever we want it to be and that’s the beauty of pop music. pop music is a mere medium. Rihanna left Jay-Zs label after a fallout over creative direction and career in 2011 • • • • Need to adhere to a certain image and promote it online The songs are sometimes just a distraction for the money. TS4: ? Counter: TS1: Yet one cannot deny that the music industry is after all an industry that has to make profits one way or another – Hence the new marketing paradigm hinging on new media. The message is what we make of it – that is. It may well consist of meaningless lyrics. Too non-mainstream and it will not make money either. .g. • Calculatedly commercial. not the message. it would be good to note that popular music will be here to stay like it or not.

but it sure is not the sum or manifestation of its parts.bland manufactured wannabes and every one of those other characteristics. .

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