Maclean's: Do grades really matter?



    A growing body of evidence suggests that marks don't predict success. It
    turns out that C+ students are the ones who end up running the world.
    Also in the double issue of Maclean's on newsstands today: Is justice out
    of reach for the middle class? And, organic foods - iffier than ever.
    And, be sure to catch Maclean's cover story: an exclusive interview with
    Naomi Klein.

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The C+ student has always been the guy who won't
be voted Most Likely to Succeed. He's bored in class, and comes home with
withering report cards that say things like, "If only he tried harder." His
eyes glaze over as his high school English teacher tries to whip up enthusiasm
for Shakespeare. He gets lousy marks because he does not want to deliver what
the teacher demands. But then, in university or maybe later, he turns on - and
becomes so successful that the school brings him back to give speeches to the
kids.
    "High school marks, it turns out, do not predict how well you'll do later
in life," reports Maclean's Sarah Scott. High school marks don't even predict
how well you will do in first-year university. Many other things beside high
school performance predict achievement later on. So there's hope for the C+
student in high school.
    "There are innumerable examples of poor students who changed the world -
or made a pile of money," writes Scott. Winston Churchill was famously at the
bottom of his class at Harrow, the exclusive English private school. Richard
Branson left high school to run a newspaper he founded. Angus Reid flunked
Grade 12 English but built such a successful polling business that he gave his
Winnipeg high school money for a wing named after him. Ron Joyce, co-founder
of Tim Hortons, dropped out of school after flunking English (while scoring
100 per cent in math) in Grade 9. James Orbinski graduated from a west-end
Montreal high school with ho-hum grades in the low 70s. He dropped out of
university a couple of times, and yet became a doctor who, in 1999, accepted
the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the international organization he led,
Médecins sans frontières.

    No Justice for the Middle Class

    Lawyers' fees are soaring. Is justice out of reach for the middle class?
Maclean's associate editor John Intini investigates why only the very rich and
very poor can afford to hire a lawyer, and why most Canadians are stuck in a
kind of legal no man's land.

    Organics Oversight

    Once a fledgling market, the organics industry is through the roof. And,
now, iffier than ever. Maclean's Cathy Gulli reports on how big money and a
lack of oversight have rendered the trendy label meaningless.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.9 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.





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