Society today creates the illusion that failure has no purpose, and is unacceptable. It teaches that if you fail, you will not grow from it, so you must never fail. The problem with this logic, however, is that failure is unavoidable. Everyone will fail at some point in their lives, most likely quite frequently. In order to not be completely crippled by the fact of failure, we must learn to embrace the many times that we don't succeed. Students in school today choose to take courses that are easy, and that they know they will get a good grade in. They will not take courses that will challenge them, even if they may really enjoy the subject. Personally, I really wish grades didn't matter. All grades do is stress people out. I honestly believe that they are not a very good indicator of intelligence either. But, without a more effective program of gauging student intelligence, grades are what we have to work off of. As nice as it is to think that we can all just disregard grades and fail every once in a while, it is just not a realistic possibility in the real world today. Our futures depend on the grades we get, and we can't just toss that out the window.